The SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge gives participants a view of what life can be like for millions of low-income Americans. Most participants take the Challenge for one week, living on about $4 per day worth of food – the average food stamp benefit. Challenge participants are forced to make difficult food shopping choices, and often realize how difficult it is to avoid hunger, afford nutritious foods, and stay healthy.
We started our week with a shopping trip and $30 each. Our goal was to stay within the rules (~$1.50/meal) while still eating healthy.
Breakfast - Oatmeal with milk and brown sugar. Hot tea (Lipton was cheapest).
Lunch - PB&J (all store brand items).
Snack - banana and second PB&J. Hot tea (I brought a thermos of the stuff to work).
Dinner - Lentil soup (blended with sweet potato and a little apple).
In the end, my first day of the Food Stamp Challenge was a fail. I succumbed to a bacon wrapped date stuffed with blue cheese at a reception event (the rules specifically say no free food at receptions!) Ah well. Tomorrow is another day (of oatmeal and PB&J).
Wish me luck!