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
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- Advocacy Tool
This guide highlights best practices at the state and local levels to establish unpaid meal fee policies that protect children from stigma, ensure that eligible children are certified for free and reduced-price school meals, and make certain that children get the nutrition necessary to learn at school.Find out more
- Fact Sheet
The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 required the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make significant nutrition improvements in federally-funded school meals, as well as to improve the overall quality of the food sold at school.Read more
FACT: 99 Percent of All School Districts Have Implemented the School Nutrition Standards
FACT: Parents Support the New School Nutrition Standards
FACT: More Low-Income Students Participate in School Meals
FACT: Children Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
The Center for American Progress, the Coalition on Human Needs, Witnesses to Hunger, the Food Research & Action Center, Feeding America, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics joined together to launch a national campaign that asked individuals across the country to share their personal experiences with the nation’s nutrition assistance programs. This booklet is a result of that call to action.Read the report