September 20 through 25 is Hunger Action Week, and United Way of Silicon Valley is challenging you to eat on a food stamps budget. The average Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, or “food stamps”) recipient, which includes nearly 40 million Americans, is budgeted $4.50 per day for food. The $4.50 per day challenge is meant to raise awareness of the difficulty of subsisting on such a small budget, and encourage us to donate or volunteer with programs that provide food for the needy. In addition to the $4.50 Challenge, United Way is suggesting 4 more ways to take action against hunger, to make 5 ways in 5 days.
Even if you’re reading this on Monday, it’s not too late to take the challenge. You can sign up for anywhere between 1 and 5 days. Visit the registration page to sign up. You can also get some suggestions for how to keep on budget from the getting started guide. I’m taking the challenge, and I’ll let you know how it goes here on San Jose Metblogs.