Could you feed yourself three nutritious meals a day with only $4.56? How about living for an entire week on just $31.92 for food and drinks? That’s the average amount that 4.1 million Californians receive from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps).
Take the SNAP Hunger Challenge with Project Open Hand! We invite you to join our staff and supporters by trying to live for seven days on the $4.56 daily food budget for SNAP. The goal is for participants and supporters to gain a better understanding of what our neighbors in need experience every day.
Join us November 20-27, 2014 – Project Open Hand staff and supporters will start the SNAP Challenge on Thursday, November 20 and finish on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27. We invite you join and/or follow our journey on our Facebook page.
On Thanksgiving Day, we’ll serve and share lunch at the Curry Senior Center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Curry is one of five senior lunch sites, where Project Open Hand will serve Thanksgiving meals to seniors who might otherwise be hungry and alone for the holiday. Contact Maria Stokes at [email protected] if you wish to join us on Thanksgiving.
Share your Experience
> Use Facebook to share daily updates, photos and an end-of-week recap with your friends. Use the hashtag #SNAPChallenge and post on Project Open Hand’s SNAP Hunger Challenge Facebook page to continue the conversation with other POH supporters.
> Tweet using the hashtag #SNAPChallenge, share your thoughts, photos, links to our blog posts. Use our handle, @ProjectOpenHand, for possible re-tweets and continued conversation about the SNAP Challenge.
> Post photos on Instagram and Pinterest, sharing your purchased food and meals. Use the hashtag #SNAPChallenge.
> Blog about it. Post your daily journal online or write posts for your own blog. Check out this great blog post by Jo Anna Guerra, who participated last year: http://
> Use your voice. Talk about your experience with others. Did you come away with greater awareness and understanding for the hunger challenges that affect so many in our community? Have discussions with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors. Share your experience with members of your church, civic organizations and other clubs.