Take the SNAP Hunger Challenge!
Three meals a day on just $4? Working poor families people with disabilities, and seniors on fixed incomes do it all the time. Every month, more than 600,000 Oklahomans seek help from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program, to meet a portion of their food needs.
SNAP benefits are only meant to supplement a struggling family's budget, and simply can't cover food costs for an entire month. But after rent, utilities, transportation and childcare, most low-income households have little or no money left for food without SNAP benefits. Many of these families turn to the Regional Food Bank of Okahoma's partner agencies, like food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters, to help keep food on the table.
Could you buy enough food for a week with $28? That's the average weekly SNAP benefit in Oklahoma. We're challenging you to fill your grocery sack the same way that more than half a million Oklahomans do - with only $4 a day. Our hope is that this challenge provides a shared understanding of the obstacles faced by Oklahomans who struggle to avoid hunger, stay healthy and find affordable nutritious food.