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SNAP Challenge

    1. Petition by

      Oregon State University Students in Free Enterprise

Due to the economic distress the United States has faced in recent years dependence on the SNAP program has increased. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps,  is designed to provide food and nutrition assistance to those in need. In Oregon, one in five received SNAP benefits in 2010. 

 The Oregon State University Students in Free Enterprise team will eat on three dollars a day for one week to raise awareness of how difficult it is for people on government nutrition assistance programs to purchase healthy and nutritious food on a food stamp budget.  SIFE will be organizing, facilitating and participating in this SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Challenge. The challenge will start on November 12th and run until November 18th.

Oregon State University SIFE seeks your participation and support.

There are three options for participation in the SNAP Challenge:

  1. 1. Restrict your food and drink purchases to $21 for the duration of the Challenge. (one week)



  1. 2. Give up one meal for one day that week. 



  1. 3. Blog about the theoretical difficulties of living on the SNAP program. For example, “What would a budget and menu look like for a SNAP recipient who is diabetic?”


Please email your experiences to info@osusife.org or post them on our Facebook event page at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=187389961340484

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jyssica Yelas CORVALLIS, OR
      • almost 3 years ago

      I talked to my friend, Justice, in a booth on the OSU campus and I realized that I support the cause and want to make a difference.

    • Sara Lea LAKE OSWEGO, OR
      • almost 3 years ago

      Excellent way to raise awareness about a serious issue!

    • Laurel Gore (Caplan) ROSEBURG, OR
      • almost 3 years ago


      I do it all the time.

      You can even do that, eating at Micky D's.

      $2.99 for a Mc Double Meal... 2 burgers cheese bread fries milk! Times 7 days... $21!

      It will keep you alive!

      But you can eat MUCH better if you buy food at the grocery store.

      Make a casserole that lasts for several days...

      I can buy a Whole Chicken (cut up) at Sherms for 97 cents per pound, costs about $5 to $6, and a bag of potatoes is less than $2. Pound of Butter for $2.50. Pasta $1... Gallon of milk for $2.50... A few onions are $1. A box of my tea is $2.50. Brown sugar for $1.48... A dozen eggs are $1.69...

      Loaf of decent bread is $1.50... That should get you to $21...

      THAT is quite a bit of food for one person!

      Did I do my homework right kids?

      I also use the FREE plastic grocery bags from Sherms (Who have the best bags) for trash.

      I use the FREE newspaper ads they throw on my doorstep, to line the bottom of the bag, and hold it open for me, when my hands are messy.

      I will say, that it is MUCH harder to live on $21 per week in the city, and Megalopolis.

      I lived in New England, on SNAP benefits, and the food is Just much more expensive, than Oregon!

    • Andrew O'Connor CORVALLIS, OR
      • almost 3 years ago

      I have no money on my meal plan (thats not the complete reason), but generally I would really like to see if I can survive on this plan. It seems like an interesting plan.

    • Sierra Laverty CORVALLIS, OR
      • almost 3 years ago

      Food is a basic need - this program shouldn't be marginalized in any poor economical circumstances.


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