Friday, October 22, 2010

Join the Texas Food Stamp Challenge

The Texas Food Bank Network is organizing the Texas Food Stamps Challenge, an event geared to raising awareness of potential cut in funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The event challenges participants to restrict their diet to an average "food stamps diet" for five days. The Challenge's limitation is that participants only spend $4.50 on meals each day, which is the current average benefit. Then, on the final two days of the challenge, the budget is decreased to $3.70 to reflect the impact of budget cuts. You can read the full details here.

My dear friend Ruby Martinez of the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley naturally thought of me and some other friends as the perfect victims to volunteer for the challenge.

Of course, misery loves company, so I invite you to take the challenge with us by signing up for the Texas Food Stamp Challenge.

I'll be writing some follow-up posts on the challenge to explore some of the major hurdles that this challenge poses. On the surface, it seems that living on an extremely tight budget can be accomplished; but, there's more to it. We'll explore those additional considerations in upcoming posts.

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