The Food Stamp Challenge is intended to call attention to the difficulties of finding enough food in this economy. Forty-nine million Americans are food-insecure.
What is Food Insecure?
Food insecure is not a euphemism for a lack of prime rib in the diet. It’s a very real condition where people aren’t sure where their next meal will come from.
Skipping meals or reducing the size of meals so that the kids will have enough to eat, going without food for several days in a row, running out of food before the next paycheck – these are all examples of food insecurity.
With food costs rising and incomes decreasing, more households have become food insecure in the last few years.
Food Stamp Challenge
Anyone who wants to attempt a Food Stamp Challenge is welcome to start at any time. Participants in the Food Stamp Challenge commit to living on a food stamp allowance for one week.
Seven days of food for $31.50? That comes to $4.50 per day, or $1.50 per meal. No fast food on that budget. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t even afford chips and soda on $31.50 a week.
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