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Our Just Faith, Hunger for Change group is an 8 week course on hunger awareness and concrete actions that will affect hunger in our world. Each week we have a new Spiritual Practice and sometimes a Challenge. We’d like to share these with you.

SNAP Challenge

  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is the new name—since 2008—for the federal Food Stamp program. 
  • The challenge is, for one day or one week, to live on the average food stamp benefit amount, which is about $1.80 per person per meal (for a family of four). 
  • You will gain insight into the struggle that millions of low-income Americans face to obtain food.- especially healthy, nutritious food.
  • Decide who in the household will participate. The best conversations occur when the entire family participates
  • The suggestion is to allow $1.80 per person per meal.  Some grocery items are not eligible as SNAP purchases (soaps, paper products, and household supplies, for example, are not) 
  • All food purchased and eaten during the challenge week, including fast food and dining out, must be included in the total spending. 
  • During the challenge, only eat food that you purchase for the project. 
  • Do not eat staples already in your cabinets (rice, pasta, canned items, for example) other than condiments. 
  • Avoid accepting free food from friends, family, or at work, including at receptions, briefings, or other events where food is served. 
  • Keep track of receipts on food spending and take note of your experiences throughout the week
  • Let us know how it goes for you and your family. Write to us c/o maryblucker58@gmail.com

After the SNAP Challenge let us take this as a spiritual practice:

  • Every day, for every meal, set an additional place at the table for Christ.
  • Before eating, ask others at the table to pause in prayer for Christ, who is hungry.
  • After doing that for seven days, have a discussion with family or household members about the experience.