I watch The Chew. I love the show and all of the recipes they share. I especially love the personalities on the show.
Mario Batali caught my attention more than the others the other day, when he shared that he was doing the Food Stamp Challenge. Listening to a skilled and well known chef talk about his family trying to stick to a strict budget when he’s used to higher priced meats and produce. No more lattes, beer, soda, wine.
I know I brought this up briefly in another post, but this one is my ‘I’m Accepting the Challenge’ post.
My family will be participating in the Challenge from
June 3rd through June 9th. Perhaps longer, just so my kids get the idea that we have it pretty darn good.
Update: I needed to change the dates due to my daughter’s illness. We’ll be doing the Challenge from June 23rd through June 29th.
Here’s some details.
The SNAP Challenge gives participants a view of the struggle to obtain adequate food that is faced by millions of low-income Americans. By living on the average food stamp benefit, Challenge participants find themselves forced to make food shopping choices on a limited budget, and learn how difficult it is to avoid hunger, afford nutritious foods, and stay healthy without adequate resources.
While living on a food stamp budget for just a week cannot come close to the struggles encountered by lowincome families week after week and month after month, it does provide those who take the Challenge with a new perspective and greater understanding. (taken from here)
The guidelines my family will be using are as follows:
1. Each person should spend a set amount for food and beverages during the Challenge week. That amount
is $29.47 for all food and beverage. I got this amount from here. (Iowa average monthly benefit per person = $126.33/30= 4.21 x 7 = 29.477)
2. All food purchased and eaten during the Challenge week, including fast food and dining out, must be
included in the total spending.
3. During the Challenge, only eat food that you purchase for the project. Do not eat food that you already
own (this does not include spices and condiments).
4. Avoid accepting free food from friends, family, or at work, including at receptions, briefings, or other
events where food is served.
5. Keep track of receipts on food spending and take note of your experiences throughout the week.
Join me. Comment below with your name, state and amount for 7 days. Each day of the challenge, I’ll post my family’s update for that day, including food breakdown and cost. I encourage you to comment on each day’s post with your updates.
I hope to have many accept the challenge with me!