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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

Letter to
People of the USA
I just signed the following petition addressed to: People of the USA.

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Greetings,

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 known as food stamps) is designed to provide food and nutrition assistance to those in need. SNAP recipients receive a monthly food allowance from the SNAP program. In Oregon, one in five residents received SNAP benefits in 2010.

The Oregon State University Students in Free Enterprise team (OSU SIFE) believes that with the positive power of business, they can make real world change. OSU SIFE is heavily involved in hunger awareness with their project, Fighting Hunger in the Homeland. OSU SIFE works to raise awareness and provide both urgent hunger relief and lasting hunger relief through their efforts.

For our current hunger awareness campaign, Oregon State University SIFE students 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. OSU SIFE will be organizing, facilitating and participating in this SNAP Challenge. The challenge will start on November 12th and run until November 18th.

OSU SIFE is seeking faculty, public figures, community members, and students to participate in the awareness effort. OSU SIFE seeks your participation and support.

There are three options for participation in the SNAP Challenge.

Restrict food and drink purchases to $21 for the duration of the Challenge (one week).
Give up one meal for one day that week.
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?”

Restrictions include accepting food from friends, family or coworkers and avoiding consuming food that is already in their kitchens. These restrictions will highlight what it is like to eat on the average food stamp benefit.

It is a test of empathy. How far out of your comfort zone are you willing to go to end hunger in America?

Oregon State University SIFE encourages your support and participation in the SNAP Challenge. By raising awareness of the barriers to accessing high quality, nutritious food on a food stamp budget, we hope to mobilize the public to work towards ending hunger in the United States.

Thank you,

Oregon State University SIFE

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Sincerely,