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Food Stamp Challenge

Food Stamp Challenge


1. Sign up

2. Budget $31.50 for a week's food

3. Post how it goes!

For 1.9 million people in New York City, and 47 million across the U.S., food stamps are a lifeline. It is a struggle to keep your family healthy with a limited budget. And, if you are on food stamps, on average you have to get by on $1.50 per meal. Most of us spend more than that on our morning coffee. 

Yet, as Congress rewrites the Farm Bill, food stamps (SNAP) are on the chopping block.  Help us tell Washington that low-income Americans need more — not less — support.  Help raise awareness by living on a food stamp budget for one week — and sharing your experience online!  Sign up to get a toolkit for taking the challenge and to connect with other participants.

When you take the Food Stamp Challenge, you are joining past participants including Mario Batali (Chef, Author, Restaurateur, Food Bank Board Member), Margarette Purvis (Food Bank President and CEO), and more than 300 supporters.  This year, as Members of Congress are proposing to drastically slash food stamp benefits, participants from around the country are banding together to raise awareness by taking the Food Stamp Challenge.

 

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“For one week, walk in someone else’s shoes. Knowledge is power, and by truly understanding what our friends and neighbors are going through, we will be better equipped to find solutions.”
Mario Batali, 2012 participant
 photo by Melanie Dunea

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