Congress is in the critical stages of writing the 2018 Farm Bill — the legislation that funds federal food assistance programs. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) is the largest and most effective hunger-relief program in the country and is in danger of being cut in the Farm Bill.
Team Members from The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) are joining people from all over Massachusetts in a SNAP Challenge to raise awareness and show solidarity with the millions of Americans for whom SNAP is a vital resource.
From Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15, participants will live on the average individual SNAP allowance in Massachusetts ($4.56 per day, $22.80 total) to purchase everything they eat and drink for the week.
The SNAP Challenge will give participants a glimpse of what it’s like to struggle with affording a healthy diet on a limited budget. Hunger-relief advocates, government officials and members of the public will be joining GBFB Team Members in this weeklong challenge and sharing their experiences on social media.
Who’s Participating from GBFB:
- Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO
- Cheryl Schondek, senior vice president
- Alisha Collins, director of community and corporate engagement
- Catherine Drennan, senior manager of public affairs
- Jess Hollembeak, dietetic intern
- Daniel McCarthy, government relations coordinator
- Adriene Worthington, assistant director of nutrition
- Rachel Zack, epidemiologist.
- Laney Zuerlein, development associate
Participants are encouraged to consider what life would be like if this program didn’t exist, or if they had less to spend on food.