Fighting Poverty with Faith: Food Stamp Challenge 2011 - Participant Registration OUT-OF-DATE

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Click here to register for the 2011 Fighting Poverty with Faith Food Stamp Challenge.

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I will participate in the Fighting Poverty with Faith Food Stamp Challenge from October 27th – November 3rd, 2011, according to the guidelines set forth below.

Participation Guidelines
1. Each person can only spend a total of $31.50 on food and beverages during the Challenge week - this translates to $4.50 per day, or $1.50 per meal.
2. All food purchased and eaten during the Challenge week, including fast food and dining out must be included in the total spending.
3. During the Challenge, eat only food that you purchase for the project. Do not eat food that you already own (this does not include spices and condiments).
4. Avoid accepting free food from friends, family, or at work, including food at receptions or coffee in the office
5. Please keep track of receipts on food spending and take note of your experiences throughout the week.
6. Share your Food Stamp Challenge by writing an op-ed for your local newspaper, blogging, sharing a reflection on the Fighting Poverty with Faith website, advocating for feeding programs, and more.
7. Donate the additional money you would have spent on food during this week to a local food bank or anti-hunger advocacy organization (optional).

Note: You may find it difficult to complete the Challenge due to schedule or the limited budget. It will still be important and worthwhile to track your experiences.
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63 Mon Oct 17 14:14:17 EDT 2011 Jessica Long Missouri Association for Community Action Jefferson City, MO I think that people are unaware how many families struggle with food insecurity and when we have state legislators telling the media that children should get jobs at McDonalds (Cynthia Davis) it More....
62 Sat Oct 15 06:44:56 EDT 2011 Olga Strickland Mesa, AZ When we pay farmers to plow crops under so that we retain a certain price, we can do better. One suggestion - let the government buy the food and distribute it! Everyone WINS!!!
61 Fri Oct 14 20:12:48 EDT 2011 Becky Fenske St. Sabina Catholic Church Belton, MO I am on the Board of Directors of our local Food Pantry Organization and understand to some degree the need for SNAP. I feel the need to attempt to live in solidarity with those I serve as much as possible More....
60 Fri Oct 14 17:28:45 EDT 2011 Martha W D Bushnell Boulder, CO
59 Thu Oct 13 23:43:58 EDT 2011 Anonymous Crown Point, IN Honestly I live on less than the $1.50 per meal. I don't eat any junk food what so ever nor do I drink pop. I don't eat any refined or canned goods. My diet consists of water, dried beans, rice (seldom) More....
58 Thu Oct 13 22:09:27 EDT 2011 Anonymous Long Beach, CA I WAS on food stamps. They gave me $14.00 a month. I am older and disabled. I would pay someone to drive me to the store ($5.00), so what was the point really? Thus, I would save the monthly "stamps" More....
57 Thu Oct 13 20:06:15 EDT 2011 Cecelia LaPointe Manistee, MI I am on food stamps so I am already participating in the challenge and struggle daily. Part time job won't give me more hours, low pay, undervalued, underutilized (I have a Master's degree) indentured More....
56 Thu Oct 13 17:44:34 EDT 2011 Anonymous Dubuque, IA
55 Thu Oct 13 17:05:37 EDT 2011 Gordon Gerbitz SBEU Santa Barbara, CA Imagine if Food Stamps were your only source of income and even though there is no cash benefit with this program...most government programs require beneficiaries to report it as income when apply for More....
54 Thu Oct 13 16:18:30 EDT 2011 Jessica Newman First Focus Washington , DC This is an excellent opportunity to gain perspctive on the lived experience of the populations I advocate for on a daily basis.
52 Thu Oct 13 15:47:16 EDT 2011 Pam Kaye Capital Christian fellowship Bowie, MD
51 Thu Oct 13 15:45:27 EDT 2011 Cara Baldari First Focus Washington, DC By participating in this challenge, I hope to gain greater empathy for the experience of families and children living in poverty, and channel that empathy into advocacy.
50 Thu Oct 13 10:22:12 EDT 2011 Robin Puchala CT PARENT POWER New Britain, CT I have long thought that the only way people are ever going to understand what poverty-stricken people go through is to have to suffer it themselves for a short term. This is exactly what kind of an effort/challenge More....
49 Thu Oct 13 09:58:10 EDT 2011 Grace Berger Daughters of Bridgeton, MO
48 Thu Oct 13 09:32:21 EDT 2011 Roxanne Schmidt Eastwood Church of the Brethren Akron, OH
47 Sun Oct 09 03:56:16 EDT 2011 Marilyn Singleton Oakland, CA I feel that an empty stomach is a real measure of material poverty. I did this last week and found that making interesting menus was a challenge. I learned that we have to educate people on how and what More....
46 Sat Oct 08 15:15:03 EDT 2011 tina Nathe st cronans catholic church St. Louis, MO My family will be participating along w/ members of our church. Hopefully this will bring awareness of how fortunate we are to have food and how important food stamps are to the poor.
45 Fri Oct 07 01:59:15 EDT 2011 Esperanza Molina Annunciation Catholic Church/Social Justice Commitee-Catholic Ch Stockton , CA We need to experience what poor people ho through in order to understand poverty. Solidarity helps us reflect and be more sensitive to help and ad cafe for the less fortunate. We never know if we can be More....
44 Wed Oct 05 02:15:01 EDT 2011 Anonymous St. Louis, MO
43 Sun Oct 02 20:30:06 EDT 2011 Dawn Adkins St. Luke's Episcopal Church Knoxville, TN I would like to have a better understanding of what it's like to be poor in the United States. I know this will not be a true indication because after one week I will have the option to return to my blessed More....
42 Fri Sep 30 12:26:30 EDT 2011 Jeffery Gaustad Christ the King Lutheran Church Snohomish, WA
41 Thu Sep 29 15:12:49 EDT 2011 Marcie Foster CLASP Washington, DC
40 Tue Sep 27 09:51:37 EDT 2011 JCRC of the Greater Miami Jewish Federatoin Greater Miami Jewish Federation Miami, FL
39 Mon Sep 26 21:44:14 EDT 2011 Carol Friendly Portland, OR i am 62 years old and unemployed. I get disability and some unemployment, which does not cover the bills. my $46 in food stamps per month is not enough. I depend on local pantries to fill in what i cannot More....
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