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
- Best Practice
Best practices from the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in states across the country, from West Virginia to California.Learn more
Information for sponsors and supporters on setting goals for upcoming Summer Nutrition Programs. Part of FRAC’s Summer Nutrition Programs Implementation Calendars and Guide.Download the toolkit
A video describing the need for, and the main models of, Breakfast After the Bell, including descriptions of Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab-and-Go, and 2nd Chance breakfast.Find out more
- Fact Sheet
A fact sheet outlining the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s anti-hunger, economic, child development, public health, and anti-poverty strengths.Read more