In response to the The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (S. 3240) or the "Farm Bill" which cuts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as SNAP or "food stamps") by $16 billion over the next ten years, we would like to ask all members of Congress to live on food stamps (SNAP) for one week by following the Mazon (http://mazon.org) SNAP Challenge. We feel it is important for our representatives to truly understand the matters for which they are voting. Cutting food benefits to our most vulnerable citizens (elderly, children, working poor, people with disabilities, sick) would be devastating for so many in our great country.
"Participating in the SNAP Challenge is simple: eat for one week using only the amount of money you would have if you relied solely on SNAP to pay for your food.
By taking the SNAP Challenge, you will directly experience the struggle that nearly 1 in 7 Americans – including nearly 25% of all American children – face every day. You will learn first-hand how difficult it is to afford nutritious foods, avoid hunger, and stay healthy without adequate resources." - from http://mazon.org
1. Spend only $31.50 on food and beverages for the entire week. That is $1.50 per meal.
2. No existing food, beverage, condiments, spices, alcohol, or other existing pantry items should be used.
3. At the end of the challenge, each member of Congress should donate the difference between their typical food/beverage spending and their SNAP challenge spending ($31.50) to an organization such as Mazon (http://mazon.org) or Feeding America (http://feedingamerica.org).
More information on the Mazon SNAP Challenge can be found at: