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The Snap Challenge: Could you feed your family on $4.50 a day?

Posted by on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:31 PM
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by JASON WHEELER

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WFAA

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Updated today at 2:14 PM


DALLAS - Rev. Andrew Stoker’s meals of late have been about as humbling as any sermon he might preach at Sunday service. 

Sunday, he implored his congregation at First United Methodist Church in downtown Dallas to join him and his family in taking part of the North Texas Food Bank’s SNAP Challenge

SNAP, which stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is the federal food assistance program. In August, nearly 380,000 people—the majority of which were children—received benefits in Dallas County that provided a total of about $4.50 to cover all three daily meals.

With careful planning, Stoker found it could be accomplished, but noticed a rumbling in his stomach.

"I was quite hungry today," he said. "I think because I didn't have my afternoon snack."

When talking with his family at the dinner table, he got a surprising answer when he asked one of his young sons how he felt after one day of the challenge. 

“I'm feeling worried about how I'm going to survive through this," his son answered. 

Stoker believes if more people experienced a day living on SNAP assistance there would likely be more private donations to pick up where public money leaves off.

“Part of giving is somehow enacting that empathetic part of ourselves," he said. "What is it that tugs our heart?”

After just day one of a week-long challenge, Stoker said he felt the pain of hunger in his heart and certainly in his stomach.

“The beauty is it ends after a week," he said. "The sad reality is for a lot of our folks it doesn’t end after a week.”

Through its community outreach program, First United Methodist Church of Dallas is encouraging others to take the SNAP Challenge and to donate to help end hunger.  For more information, click here.

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-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:31 PM


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How hard would it be for you to eat on $4.50 a day (that's covering breakfast, lunch and dinner)? A reverend at the First United Methodist Church in Dallas has challenged his family and congregation to do just that as a way to walk in the shoes of those surviving on food stamps. It's called the SNAP challenge

tanyainmizzou
by on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:32 PM

But it isn't 4.50 a day per family.

krysstizzle
by on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:32 PM
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There is about to be a long list of replies stating how utterly simple it is to do. 

It's possible, obviously. But a continual diet of beans and rice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner eventually gives one a pretty bleak outlook on life. 

-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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No to mention the stomach/health problems one would get living on that kind of food intake.

Quoting krysstizzle:

There is about to be a long list of replies stating how utterly simple it is to do. 

It's possible, obviously. But a continual diet of beans and rice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner eventually gives one a pretty bleak outlook on life. 


kattcooper
by Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM
Nope, no way could I ever do that. I try to feed my family the best food possible, and $4.50 would barely be able to cover anything.
SherryBerry106
by on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Why would anybody be stupid/lazy/pathetic/parasitic enough to think that they were supposed to?

tanyainmizzou
by on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM
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But it isn't 4.50 a day per family.  It is per person based on what the average person can receive.

I do think you can feed a family of 4 a decent diet on 17 dollars a day.  That is more than many families not on SNAP spend.

SherryBerry106
by on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM
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Anyone get the fact that the "S" stands for Supplemental?

As in Supplement - not provide all.

smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I would be able to in a year. 

JTROX
by Gold Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 4:38 PM

SNAP is not meant to provide the total amount needed to feed the family.


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