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…

SNAP Challenge Toolkit

Includes Challenge guidelines, registration hints, host event ideas, media planning information, and more.

Download the toolkit.

Recent Publications & Data

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  • Infographic

    “The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children – known as WIC – provides low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children with nutritious foods, nutrition education, and improved access to health care in order to prevent nutrition-related health problems in pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood.”

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  • Interactive Data Tool

    This interactive map provides food insecurity rates among households with seniors age 60+, by state, on average over 2014-2016. Also includes an interactive, searchable table of senior household food insecurity rates by state.

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  • Advocacy Tool

    This fact sheet features graphics and information on “SNAP Action Needed:”

    1. Congress should protect and strengthen SNAP — no cuts, block grants, or structural changes.
    2. Congress should strengthen SNAP by passing H.R. 1276 — the “Closing the Meal Gap Act” of 2017 to: Base SNAP benefit allotments on the more adequate Low-Cost Food Plan; Boost SNAP benefits for families with children forced to choose between food and shelter; Boost SNAP benefits for older Americans forced to choose between food and medicine; Boost the SNAP minimum monthly benefit to $25 per month; and Ensure that jobless adults are offered employment and training opportunities before time limiting their SNAP benefits.

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  • Graphic

    Ask someone on the medical team about SNAP/Food Stamps and other food resources, or:
    Call the USDA Hunger Hotline.

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