The Arizona SNAP Experience
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM - Monday, September 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM (MST)
The Arizona Community Action Association is inviting you to participate in the 2013 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Experience, a weeklong real-life experience living on just $29 for food, the same amount as a typical SNAP participant, from Sept. 3-9 during National Hunger Awareness Month.
In Arizona, 1 in 5 people struggle with hunger every day and 1 in 4 children live in food insecure households. SNAP, the federal Food Stamp Program, is our nation’s first line of defense against hunger, helping put healthy foods on the table when Arizonans would otherwise go hungry. SNAP is a critical bridge to help individuals and families establish financial stability so they can move out of or away from poverty.
SNAP is intended to supplement the monthly food budget, although we know that many households rely solely on SNAP to purchase food. We also know that SNAP can only reasonably cover about 70% of monthly food costs and average food consumption per person.
SNAP Experience participants are encouraged to use only $29 to pay for all food costs for the week . However, you can supplement the $29 budget with a maximum of $12 more for food purchases not typically permitted on SNAP (hot and prepared meals or alcohol products, for example). SNAP Experience participants who choose this option are asked to not exceed $41 in total weekly expenses, and to track how the additional $12 is spent. For Households more than 1: please refer to our "Household SNAP Budget" link on our website http://azcaa.org/events/snap-experience/ to determine allotted SNAP benefit for your household.
The SNAPExperience goal is to increase awareness about poverty and hunger in Arizona through a meaningful personal experience and to draw media attention to the hardships faced by those living in poverty. While this experience cannot give us a true sense of living in deep or prolonged poverty, it can provide insight into some of the challenges families confront.
For more information about the SNAP Experience, please visit our website at http://azcaa.org/events/snap-experience/. To participate in the SNAP Experience, please register online here. Please register for one or all SNAP Experience options that interest you. 1) only the SNAP Experience, 2) the SNAP Experience and the additional $12 supplement; 3) SNAP Experience media events, and 4) ACAA’s SNAP Experience social media (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
All of us at Arizona Community Action Association greatly appreciate whatever level of participation you choose in our SNAP Experience and in helping us elevate the issue of hunger into the public discourse.