Could you survive on $4.75?
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Beth El SNAP Challenge
April 24 – May 1, 2021
What would you do if all you had to spend on groceries was $4.75/day?
That's the daily average amount Pennsylvanians receive from SNAP (food stamps). In our state, 1,401,920 people are struggling with hunger, of which 399,270 are children. Nearly 1 in 9 Pennsylvanians (1 in 7 children) struggles to make ends meet and put food on the table. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program) is a federal program designed to supplement the food budget of those whose net income falls below the poverty line. Over the recent decade these supplements have not increased to keep pace with inflation, but rather have become more limited.
Could you maintain a healthy diet?
We challenge YOU to try eating healthy foods on such a food budget for one week. The SNAP Challenge is designed to give you a glimpse into some of the struggles faced by millions of low-income Americans who are trying to simultaneously avoid hunger, eat nutritious foods, and stay healthy with limited resources.
What is the SNAP (food stamp) Challenge?
This challenge involves living on a limited food budget for one week, so you can get a sense of what it would be like to subsist on food stamps. This means spending only $4.75 per day, per person, on everything that you eat, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, seasonings and drinks.
What are the Challenge Guidelines?
- Spend no more than $4.75 per person, per day, including beverages for one week.
- Only buy and eat/drink items that are allowed to be purchased with food stamp benefits.
- Don't use food already on hand unless you deduct the value from your daily allowance.
- Try to include fresh produce and healthy protein every day.
- All food purchased and eaten during the Challenge week, including dining out, must be included in the total spending (while restaurant food cannot be purchased with food stamps, the Challenge is an awareness-building exercise, and any meals eaten out should be part of that).
- Keep a log of your grocery purchases and what you eat.
- Keep a daily journal of the experience. Did you feel deprived or restricted? Did you eat differently than usual? How would it feel to rely on SNAP for a month? 3 months?
- Share your experiences with our Facebook Group! We can all learn from each other.
How do I join the Challenge?
- Sign UP!
- Join our Facebook Group to see updates, post your experiences, and read about others'.
- Learn to make cornbread with Beth El celebrity chef Rich Oring on April 13 at 8:00 PM. Zoom link here.
- Plan to attend our Poverty Awareness Shabbat on April 24. Zoom Link here.
- Plan to attend our Wrap Up Session on May 2 at 11:00 AM. We will have an in-person, socially distanced event and a Zoom option. Register