What's it like living on $4.50 a day for meals for an entire family? The Fighting Faith with Hunger Food Stamp Challenge challenges you to live for a week on the federal allocation for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps.
Food stamps currently help nearly 45 million low-income people purchase food for their families and children – that’s 1 in 7 Americans. Most (75 percent) go to families with children. In fact, SNAP is one of the main reasons child hunger is not more an issue today in the United States.
Fighting Poverty with Faith, a nationwide, interfaith movement started by a coaltion of organizations, is working to cut domestic poverty in half by 2020. This year, the movement is focused on addressing hunger.
What's the Challenge?
This year, from October 27 through November 3rd, Fighting Poverty with Faith is encouraging local communities to plan community-wide events and actions during the week-long Food Stamp Challenge.
Who can do it? Anyone! You can take the challenge, and you can ask your elected officials to take it too.
Why? In addition to the eye-opening challenge of living on the equivalent of food stamps, this campaign also aims to protect SNAP from funding cuts and structural changes. It's not easy to feed a family on food stamps, but can you imagine making do with even less? That's what will happen if SNAP is cut or the rules are changed.
Read more about Fighting Hunger with Faith and sign up for the Food Stamp Challenge in the link below.