June 07, 2013
June is National Hunger Awareness Month and Wenatchee’s Community Farm Connection wants you to take the SNAP challenge. SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the government aid program that replaced Food Stamps, provides eligible low-income households with monthly food benefits.
So what’s the challenge? To live on the average Washington state benefit: $38.83 per person per week. That’s about five and a half dollars a day. For people receiving those benefits, said Hannah Hostetter of Community Farm Connection, that’s quite a challenge, and the program’s goal is to expose others to that reality.
The seven-day event runs from June 19-25. Hostetter encourages participants to not just limit food and beverage purchases to $38.83 – that’s including fast food and dining out - but also to only eat food bought during the challenge week, avoid free food and keep track of all food purchases. She said sticking to the guidelines will raise awareness and empathy towards the disproportionate hunger security in our community.
Interested participants are invited to pick up more information at the Community Farm Connection June 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Their office is located at 10 N. Mission St. They will also host a Challenge Wrap-up Potluck June 25. You can contact Community Farm Connection at 888-3010 or visit the events’ blog at centralwashingtonsnapchallenge2013.wordpress.com.