Oh SNAP!

Good afternoon foodies,

Its been too long since I have blown the dust off my page.

Here is a quick update!!

April

I was nominated for the cold water challenge. I decided to pledge to raise $1000 for my local charity. If I did I would take the plunge. And I did (Labor day weekend)!

August

My hubby and I have been very blessed financially. This semester (my 3rd in grad school) I again have received a graduate assistant making it possible for us to pay for this fall semester out of pocket!!

Now back to today’s news. The SNAP Challenge!

Quick background. SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

This program provides funding for low-income families food shopping at about $4.50 per person/day.

The SNAP Challenge is hosted by Feeding America.

The purpose of this challenge is to bring awareness to those in our local community who live in hunger everyday!

This affects both young and old.

According to Feeding America statistics:

-Twelve million children are estimated to be served by Feeding America, over 3.5 million of which are ages 5 and under.

-Nearly 3 million elderly persons are served by Feeding America each year.  18.6 percent of client households have at least one member who is age 65 or over, and 52 percent of these households are food insecure – an estimated 1.2 million households.

Since November 2013, budget cuts reduced the allotted amount of $4.50/day to $1.40/day.

Therefore, my husband and I will be living off of $1.40 per person per day for 1 week.

(Sept. 16th-22nd)

That means $19.60/wk.

This challenge requires that we do not eat/drink any food/beverages we did not purchase that week. We are also to refrain from receiving free food from others or at work/school.

 This means no more using the Keurig at work 😦 .

My husband and I are not strangers to tight budgets.

I will be honest, we already live off of $25/wk including taxable items like sandwich bags, cleaning products, paper products, hygiene products etc.

As mentioned before, we are not allowed to use what we already have. This will be one our biggest challenges because it took us forever to build up the essentials.

I checked to make sure that our local stores accepted SNAP. I felt it wouldn’t be fair to shop where those using SNAP would not be able to shop for their families.

My husband suggested only using essential cooking tools. Like pots and pans.

That means no food processor, blender, crock, pasta maker etc.

This is because not everyone can afford these luxuries and must make do with what they have the old fashion way.

Interestingly enough, my niece and nephew will be joining us for 2 days during our SNAP challenge week. Therefore, for those 2 days we will add  $2.40 X 2 onto our total food budget ($25.60)

Might I mention that these munchkins are picky eaters..

All in all, I will do my best to blog throughout the week of challenge (Sept. 16th-22nd) as well share receipts and recipes along the way!

Please join me in this challenge, and donate that extra money you save during this challenge to  Feeding America!

-Good Luck!

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