Could you survive on just $4 per day without going hungry? Experience what life can be like for millions of low-income Americans who receive SNAP benefits.
Take FRAC’s SNAP Challenge!
Most participants take the Challenge for one week and discover they have to make difficult food shopping choices, and often realize how difficult it is to afford nutritious foods, and stay healthy. While living on a SNAP budget for just a week cannot come close to the challenges encountered by low-income families week after week and month after month, it does provide those who take the Challenge with a new perspective and greater understanding.
For the past 10 years, FRAC has supported and fostered SNAP Challenges to help educate the public and opinion leaders about the important role SNAP plays in mitigating hunger and poverty — and the need to strengthen the program so beneficiaries can afford enough food for their health and well-being.
The Challenge first captured public attention in 2006 when FRAC allies in Philadelphia hosted one, followed by groups in Wichita, Kansas.
The Challenge took the national stage in 2007 when four Members of Congress — Representatives James McGovern (D-Mass.), Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) — pledged to live for one week on an average SNAP budget and blogged about their experiences.
Since then, hundreds — if not thousands — of people have taken the Challenge, including Members of Congress, governors, state legislators, mayors, celebrities, religious and community leaders, reporters, and average citizens.
Now you can too…
Recent Publications & DataSee More Resources
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama announced a goal of of ending childhood hunger in America by the year 2015. FRAC set out seven essential strategies in Ending Childhood Hunger by 2015: The Essential Strategies for Achieving the President’s Goal. They focus both on improving and expanding the nation’s nutrition programs, and bolstering the economy and strengthening supports for working families in order to move more out of poverty, the root cause of hunger in this country.Read the report
- Fact Sheet
Information on USDA’s new SNAP maximum and minimum monthly allotments, and income eligibility standards effective for October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. The SNAP maximum and minimum monthly allotments have decreased slightly, income eligibility limits have increased, standard and shelter deductions have increased, and the resource limit remains unchanged.Read more
- ChartChange in Income Limits and Maximum and Minimum Benefits for SNAP, FY 2017 to FY 2018, 48 States and District of Columbia
Prepared by FRAC.Download the chart (Excel file).