Can you eat for a day on $4.50?
Working Together to End Hunger
Fighting Poverty with Faith is building a nationwide, interfaith movement to cut domestic poverty in half by 2020.
JFS Executive Director Beth Schwartz is once again taking the challenge...
but this time as an 82-year old woman. Follow the blog
In 2016, Fighting Poverty with Faith is "Working Together to End Hunger." We enlist the moral authority and organizing power of the coordinated faith community to move individuals and communities to action and advocate for clear, immediate policy solutions to address the root causes of poverty.
Join us today by participating in the Food Stamp Challenge - a challenge to live for 1 week on the average food stamp allotment. Leaders and community members across the nation are taking the Food Stamp Challenge in order to help them better understand how the program works on a personal level and to highlight the continued need for and importance of feeding programs to alleviate hunger in the United States.
After choosing the date and duration of their SNAP challenge, participants will live on the nationwide average food stamp benefit. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for administering the Food Stamp Program, the nationwide average monthly benefit in 2010 was $133.79, approximately $4.50 a day or $1.50 a meal.
Why a Food Stamp Challenge? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (aka Food Stamps), currently helps nearly 45 million low-income people purchase food for their families – that’s 1 in 7 Americans. The program is designed as a safety net to help ensure that people have access to food during difficult times, with the majority of people leaving the program within nine months. More than half of food stamp recipients are children and eight percent are over 60 years of age.