I came across the Community Food Bank Snap Challenge today and decided to jump on board last minute!
What is the SNAP Challenge? Basically it’s a challenge for individuals/families to survive 5 days on the minimal food budget many SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) recipients face on a daily basis.
What is the amount of the SNAP Challenge food budget?
- In July 2012, the average individual on SNAP in Arizona received $29.14 in SNAP benefits per week, amounting to $4.16 per day or $1.38 per meal.
- For simplicity, participants in the SNAP Challenge are allowed a food budget of $4.00 per day per person or $20 per person for the five days of the SNAP Challenge.
The challenge runs Monday-Friday this week. For my family of 4, that gives us $80 for the week. Additionally there is an option to allow for an additional $8 per person for items that aren’t allowed on the SNAP program like prepared foods and alcohol. And honestly I feel like a wuss but with my Diet Coke habit, I opted for the additional $8 per person for the week…
You can see all the details and sign up for the challenge here.
I hope to gain a better appreciation for the struggle I know many Arizona families face to provide healthy food on the table every day. I also want to kick our food budgeting/planning into overdrive. We have been slacking lately and letting food go to waste or eating out way more than we should. I think this challenge will inspire me enough to get us back on track.
I plan on sharing how it’s going throughout the week.