What is the SNAP Challenge?
This challenge is open to all individuals and involves living on what would be the weekly SNAP (food stamps) allowance in Tennessee for 5 days, so you can get a sense of what it would be like to subsist on SNAP. This means spending only $4.20 per day, per person, on everything that you eat, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, seasonings and drinks.
How the challenge works:
- You can choose to take the challenge for any 5 to 7 day period. (The 2013 Community Food Advocates’ SNAP Challenge was Oct 28th through November 1st during SNAP Action Week.)
- Spend no more than $4.20 per day, per person, including beverages.
- Only buy and eat/drink items that are allowed to be purchased with SNAP.
- Don’t use food already on hand unless you deduct the value from your daily amount. Salt and pepper do not count against the daily cost allowance, but all other seasoning, cooking oils, condiments, snacks and drinks do.
- Try to include fresh produce and a healthy protein each day.
- Don’t accept food from family, friends, co-workers and others. Avoid free food anywhere. No outside food or dining out is permitted since you cannot use SNAP benefits on hot meals.
- You many need to cut coupons or search grocery paper ads on days that items are discounted.
- Keep a log of what was bought and eaten for each meal, as well as grocery receipts.
- Keep a daily journal of the experience. Did you feel deprived or restricted? Did you eat differently than usual? Were you hungry?
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