The Food Stamp Challenge
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The Food Stamp Challenge gives participants a glimpse into just some of the struggles faced by millions of low-income Americans trying to put food on their tables. Challenge participants use the average Food Supplement Program benefit – just $30 per person – as their budget for food for one week. The challenge provides an opportunity for participants to grasp the realities of how difficult it is for families living on food stamps to simultaneously avoid hunger, afford nutritious foods, and stay healthy on an miniscule budget.
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While living on a food stamp budget for just a week cannot come close to the struggles 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.
More than 90 people participated in the first annual Maryland Food Stamp Challenge led by Maryland Hunger Solutions in January 2011. Joining MDHS Director Cathy Demeroto, challenge takers in Maryland included state legislators, representatives from the Governor's Office, officials from state agencies, and leaders from the nonprofit community. In September 2011, the number of Challenge participants grew to 175, attracting international media attention.
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