This September, we’re inviting you to join us for the SNAP Challenge! We want to talk about SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), and dig into what those benefits look like in REAL life, REAL time, and REAL food.
Taking the SNAP Challenge means that, for one week, you will be living on the average SNAP benefit people in Illinois receive.
According to state-level data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average monthly SNAP benefit per person in January 2020 for Illinois was $123.60, or about $3.98 per day. For our SNAP Challenge, that means you’ll have $19.90 to spend on food for one week (or five days’ worth of meals). to do just that.
For ideas on how to meal prep and plan recipes during the SNAP Challenge, check out Beth from Budget Bytes’ journey here.
If you’re not participating in the SNAP Challenge but want to hear about other participants’ stories and biggest takeaways, check out this story from Money Crashers.
Finally, a disclaimer: living on a SNAP budget for one week DOES NOT and CANNOT come close to the struggles experienced by many families, week after week and month after month. But it is our hope that by taking this challenge, you’ll be helping to raise awareness about how difficult it can be to avoid hunger, afford nutritious foods, and stay healthy without adequate resources – even for just a short amount of time.