SNAP, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, is used by roughly 20% of Louisvillians to feed themselves and their families. In Kentucky, the average daily SNAP allotment per person was $4.24, which translates to about $1.40 per meal. The Louisville SNAP Challenge is intended to illustrate the difficult decisions that so many members of our community face every day.
Each Louisvillian who receives food stamps has a different story and faces different challenges. The goal of this Challenge is not to imitate the lives of these individuals, but to raise awareness of the realities of poverty, hunger and obesity, and to shed light on the issues affecting our city.
The Challenge will kick off at the Dare to Care Hunger Walk, Sunday, September 15, 2013. Participants can choose to spend 3, 5, 7 or as many days as they are able, living on the average per-person food stamp benefit in Louisville.
There are three simple steps to participate:
1. Register below.
2. Contribute your experience to the community conversation at least once per day on this website, through the comment section below, your own social media pages, and in conversation with others. This can be as simple as explaining your difficulty in finding affordable lunch on the go or as elaborate as posting your meal planning and shopping lists.
3.Invite others to join you in the Challenge!
Together, as residents of a compassionate city, we can start a dialogue about this important issue facing our community.