Join the SNAP Challenge: September 12 - 16, 2016
D.C. Hunger Solutions, along with Maryland Hunger Solutions, invites you to join us in taking the SNAP Challenge (September 12-16, 2016) to highlight the struggles faced by too many throughout our region who cannot afford the food they need.
SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) is an essential lifeline that helps millions of individuals in the US keep food on the table, but the current benefit level is too low for many. The SNAP Challenge highlights just some of the struggles that many District residents face trying to put adequate food on the table with limited income and supports. It provides an opportunity for participants to see the reality of how difficult it is for households who receive SNAP to avoid hunger, afford nutritious foods, and stay healthy with limited resources.
How to Take the Challenge:
- Register here for the Challenge.
- Plan to spend the average DC SNAP benefit as your budget for the Challenge. That amount is $22 for all food and beverages.
- All food purchased and eaten during the Challenge must be included in your Challenge budget. You may purchase items such as bread, produce, meat, dairy products, etc. Hot items, other prepared foods that will be eaten in the store, restaurant foods, and alcohol may NOT be purchased.
- Only eat food that you purchase for the Challenge. Do not eat food that you already own (excluding spices and condiments). Avoid consuming free food and drinks (excluding water), particularly at meetings and events where food is served.
- Invite others to join you, including friends, family, co-workers, your social network, and elected officials.
- Join us on Twitter (@DCHunger), Facebook (www.facebook.com/dchungersolutions/), and Instagram (@DCHungerSolutions) to share your experiences throughout the week. Use the hashtags #SNAPChallengeDC and #SNAPMatters
Download our SNAP Challenge Participant Guide (pdf), featuring extra challenges and social media themes for the week.
While living on a food stamp budget for just a week cannot come close to the struggles encountered by low-income families week after week and month after month, it does provide those who take the Challenge with a new perspective and greater understanding of why SNAP benefits should be improved.
For questions regarding the DC SNAP Challenge, contact Beverley Wheeler at BWheeler@dchunger.org.
Join the SNAP Challenge for Change.