SNAP Challenge

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12:17 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Bridging The SNAP Gap With “March Match-ness”

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 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), 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.

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7:11 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Wrap Up

Day 7 and Beyond

“How did you do on the ‘food stamp’ challenge?” That’s the question people have been asking me since Sunday. “Did you have enough to eat, or did you have to cheat?”

I recently completed the SNAP Challenge, designed to give participants a taste of what it’s like to feed yourself with no more than the $31.50 per week you’d get if you relied solely on food stamps.

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12:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Eating Of A Food Stamp Budget: Day Six

SNAP recipients receive EBT (electronic benefit transfer) debit cards to use for their food purchases.

Day Six: “Who’s Hungry?”

On a long car trip when a fast food joint comes into view, someone will shout it.

“Who’s hungry?”

If you walk into your office with a giant pizza box in your hands, you can call out to your co-workers.

“Who’s hungry?”

When the holiday meal is ready after hours of waiting, it’s a summons to gather and share something special – or even sacred.

“Who’s hungry?”

Who IS hungry? This past week, that question has taken on a very different meaning for me.

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12:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Day Five

Amy Rogers

Day Five: Rumors and Reasons

It’s not really about the food.

That’s what I’m starting to realize. People are angry, exhausted, frustrated, despondent. Resentful, worried, afraid or annoyed – but no one I’ve talked with in the last five days is blasé on the topic of food stamps and other programs that help feed the hungry.

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4:32 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Day Four

Leftovers
Amy Rogers

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’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.

And I hate oatmeal.

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12:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Day Three

Spaghetti

“I want spaghetti for dinner,” said a young friend who was visiting me Tuesday.

“We don’t have any.”

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.

So far I’ve managed to feed myself well on the basic, staple items I bought for the SNAP* Challenge. But how do you explain to a child that tonight’s dinner will be cereal or soup again?

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12:00 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Eating On A Food Stamp Budget: Day Two

Rotel seasoned tomatoes marked down to 14 cents a can at Target.
Amy Rogers

Yesterday I was feeling pretty smug about my cost-effective shopping. I’d spent only about half of the $31.50 grocery budget I’d agreed not to exceed as part of the SNAP* Challenge.

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’d previously purchased or had on hand if I wanted to use them.

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12:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Eating On A Food Stamp Budget

What you get for $14 at Super G Mart.
Amy Rogers

Think you could manage on $31.50 a week for groceries? That’s the amount you’d get to spend if you had to rely solely on food stamps.

From July 9 through July 15, I’m taking the SNAP* Challenge. 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.

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