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It’s Hunger Action Month: Take the Food Stamp Challenge with Us!

September 9, 2010

Get a brief taste of what it’s like to live on food stamps by trying it for a week. It will be tough, but nowhere near as difficult as it is for the 1.4 million New Yorkers who struggle to balance rent, medical care, and food every day, every week.

The 3 p.m. slump at work is usually fixed with a trip to Pret a Manger or Starbucks. But for many New Yorkers, the 3 p.m. slump is the 5 p.m. slump, the 7 p.m. slump, the 10 p.m. slump… This is the reality for more than 20% of New York City residents who are currently enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.

Rules

  1. From September 20th, 21st, and 22nd, we ask that you spend $4.33/day on food (the average food stamps/SNAP benefit).
  2. From September 23rd and 24th, we ask that you spend $3.75/day on food to reflect the proposed budget cuts to the food stamps/SNAP program.
  3. Benefits cannot be used at restaurants, so we ask that you try not to eat out, and instead, prepare your meals at home.
  4. Join us at a “End of the Challenge” mixer to share your experiences.
  5. Also, we’d love to post your experiences here on our blog during the week of the challenge. Look for the post on the 20th and post your experiences by “commenting” on the post.

What Budget Cuts?

    In the first week of August alone, Congress cut funding from SNAP/food stamp program to pay for the Jobs Bill and proposed further cuts to pay for the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. While these are both important pieces of legislation, paying for them with food stamp funding is essentially taking away money for children’s dinner to pay for their school lunches. If the cuts for Child Nutrition Reauthorization go through, the program will lose $14 billion in funding.
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