SNAP Challenge http://wfae.org en Bridging The SNAP Gap With “March Match-ness” http://wfae.org/post/bridging-snap-gap-march-match-ness <p>Do you know what it is like to be hungry? Or to make food choices on a very limited budget? More than 47 million Americans are on some form of nutrition assistance, most likely via the <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap">Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP</a>), formerly called food stamps. SNAP has recently experienced deep cuts in funding, pulling the rug out from under some of the most vulnerable members of our community.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:17:58 +0000 Lynn Caldwell 46608 at http://wfae.org Bridging The SNAP Gap With “March Match-ness” Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Wrap Up http://wfae.org/post/eating-food-stamp-budget-wrap <p><em>Day 7 and Beyond</em></p><p>&ldquo;How did you do on the &lsquo;food stamp&rsquo; challenge?&rdquo; That&rsquo;s the question people have been asking me since Sunday. &ldquo;Did you have enough to eat, or did you have to cheat?&rdquo;</p><p>I recently completed the <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/">SNAP</a> <a href="http://mazon.org/2012/07/03/snap-challenge-eating-on-a-food-stamp-budget/">Challenge</a>, designed to give participants a taste of what it&rsquo;s like to feed yourself with no more than the $31.50 per week you&rsquo;d get if you relied solely on food stamps.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:11:27 +0000 Amy Rogers 2107 at http://wfae.org Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Wrap Up Eating Of A Food Stamp Budget: Day Six http://wfae.org/post/eating-food-stamp-budget-day-six <p><em>Day Six: &ldquo;Who&rsquo;s Hungry?&rdquo;</em></p><p>On a long car trip when a fast food joint comes into view, someone will shout it.</p><p>&ldquo;Who&rsquo;s hungry?&rdquo;</p><p>If you walk into your office with a giant pizza box in your hands, you can call out to your co-workers.</p><p>&ldquo;Who&rsquo;s hungry?&rdquo;</p><p>When the holiday meal is ready after hours of waiting, it&rsquo;s a summons to gather and share something special &ndash; or even sacred.</p><p>&ldquo;Who&rsquo;s hungry?&rdquo;</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Amy Rogers 2112 at http://wfae.org Eating Of A Food Stamp Budget: Day Six Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Day Five http://wfae.org/post/eating-food-stamp-budget-day-five <p><em>Day Five: Rumors and Reasons</em></p><p>It&rsquo;s not really about the food.</p><p>That&rsquo;s what I&rsquo;m starting to realize. People are angry, exhausted, frustrated, despondent. Resentful, worried, afraid or annoyed &ndash; but no one I&rsquo;ve talked with in the last five days is blasé on the topic of food stamps and other programs that help feed the hungry.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Amy Rogers 2113 at http://wfae.org Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Day Five Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Day Four http://wfae.org/post/eating-food-stamp-budget-day-four <p>Time for a mid-week reality check. The jug of milk has started to go sour. The fat in the leftover ground beef we cooked with last night&rsquo;s spaghetti sauce has congealed into a bright orange slick. I may have just busted my budget by opening a Dollar Tree bag of Twizzlers I discovered in the pantry.</p><p>And I hate oatmeal.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 20:32:39 +0000 Amy Rogers 2274 at http://wfae.org Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Day Four Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Day Three http://wfae.org/post/eating-food-stamp-budget-day-three <p>“I want spaghetti for dinner,” said a young friend who was visiting me Tuesday.</p><p>“We don’t have any.”</p><p>She just looked at me and rolled her eyes. So we got in the car to spend the last $5.22 remaining from my $31.50 grocery budget for the week.</p><p>So far I’ve managed to feed myself well on the basic, staple items I bought for the <a href="http://mazon.org/2012/07/03/snap-challenge-eating-on-a-food-stamp-budget/">SNAP* Challenge.</a> But how do you explain to a child that tonight’s dinner will be cereal or soup again?</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Amy Rogers 2275 at http://wfae.org Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Day Three Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Day Two http://wfae.org/post/eating-food-stamp-budget-day-two <p>Yesterday I was feeling pretty smug about my cost-effective shopping. I&rsquo;d spent only about half of the $31.50 grocery budget I&rsquo;d agreed not to exceed as part of the <a href="http://mazon.org/2012/07/03/snap-challenge-eating-on-a-food-stamp-budget/">SNAP* Challenge.</a></p><p>Then something happened to shake my confidence in my plan to make the supplies last an entire week. I realized I needed to factor in the cost of items I&rsquo;d previously purchased or had on hand if I wanted to use them.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Amy Rogers 2276 at http://wfae.org Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Day Two Eating On A Food Stamp Budget http://wfae.org/post/eating-food-stamp-budget <p>Think you could manage on $31.50 a week for groceries? That&rsquo;s the amount you&rsquo;d get to spend if you had to rely solely on food stamps.</p><p>From July 9 through July 15, I&rsquo;m taking the <a href="http://mazon.org/2012/07/03/snap-challenge-eating-on-a-food-stamp-budget/">SNAP* Challenge</a>. Its purpose is to give well-fed Americans a chance to experience the struggle an estimated 1 in 7 are facing every day in the U.S.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Amy Rogers 2277 at http://wfae.org Eating On A Food Stamp Budget