Tuesday, January 29, 2013

SNAP the Silence Challenge

Will you join me in the SNAP the Silence Challenge led by Councilmember Valerie Ervin? I, along with many other elected officials and County residents, will experience what it is like to live on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formally known as the Food Stamp Program. That’s just five dollars per day.

I understand that putting food on the table is just one of the many challenges faced by low-income working families, but I think that living on a SNAP budget will give me a different perspective and level of understanding about the struggles faced by those whose wages are too low to lift them out of poverty. Please join me February 4-8.

Here are the challenge guidelines:

~ Spend only a total of $5 per day for all food and beverage during the challenge week.

~ Count in your total spending all food purchased and eaten during the challenge week, including fast food and dining out.

~ Only eat food that you purchase for the project. Do not eat food that you already own (this does not include spices and condiments).

~ Avoid accepting free food from friends, family or at work, including at receptions, parties or other events where food is served.

~ Keep track of receipts on food spending and take note of your experiences throughout the week.

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