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The SNAP Challenge
Transcript of The SNAP Challenge
design by Dóri Sirály for Prezi
Purpose of the Challenge
The SNAP Challenge supported by Food Research and Action Center, is an awareness raising initiative for the SNAP program.
While living on a food stamp budget for just a week cannot come close to the struggles encountered by low income families week after week and month after month, it does provide those who take the Challenge with a new perspective and greater understanding.
What About Food I Already Own?
How to Share Your Experience
Facebook and Twitter: use the
Tweet or write on our Facebook wall:
CofC Center for Civic Engagement or CofCVolunteer
Use your own personal blog page or social media accounts.
Write a column that can be shared with local papers.
Wear an orange ribbon next week.
Time to meet each other
Introduce yourself and why you are participating in the challenge
To cultivate a passion for positive social change through the use of education,
service, and critical reflection.
A community of informed citizens committed to a just and equitable world.
Myths & Facts
Perceptions of SNAP
What are some of your thoughts about the SNAP program or the people who enroll in SNAP?
What is SNAP?
SNAP is the Nation’s largest nutrition assistance program.
In 2012, SNAP served over 46 million low-income people in an average month.
The Program requires able-bodied adults between 16 and 60 (with some exceptions) to register for work and to accept or continue suitable employment.
Why Do We Have SNAP?
SNAP helps the most vulnerable populations, children, elderly or disabled.
What you can purchase
Any food or food product
except for ready-to-eat hot foods
Baby formula, goat's milk, Pedialyte and Pediasure
Seeds and plants used to grow foods including fruit trees
Fresh produce items from authorized vendors
Nutritional supplements such as Ensure, Isomil, Boost and Sustacal
Weight loss products such as Dynatrim, Slim Fast, Cambridge Diet and Nutrisystem
Lactaid caplets and Lactaid milk
Cooking Sprays, such as Never Stik and Pam
Prepared cold sandwiches or salads that will not be eaten in the store
SNAP in Charleston
14% of Charleston’s population is below the poverty level, of that group 54.8% of people are on the SNAP Program.
SNAP in South Carolina
Benefits for an individual is $4.01 a day equaling $120.38 a month.
As of August 2013, 877,202 South Carolina citizens received SNAP benefits.
-An increase of .4% since last year.
There are 417,713 households enrolled in SNAP.
History of SNAP
1933 The foundation for SNAP was first built in 1933 as part of the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA).
1939 Secretary of Agriculture, Henry Wallace, created the Food Stamp Program in the United States as a part of the New Deal. When WWII ended and the economic boom took off, the program ended.
1964 The Food Stamp Act was passed. The goal of this initiative was to achieve a more effective use of agricultural overproduction, improve levels of nutrition among individuals with low-incomes and strengthen the agricultural economy.
2000’s Food stamp participation increased dramatically, and eligibility was extended to qualified immigrants and children who were 18 years old and younger.
Since 2008, legislators have focused on restructuring SNAP to place greater emphasis on nutrition. A pilot program was established to study the use of incentives to encourage the purchase of healthy foods with SNAP benefits.
The Farm Bill is a large piece of legislature that covers SNAP, TEFAP, Senior Farmers Markets, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, USDA snack program, Community food project grants, American Indian food distribution programs, among other grants, fellowships and programs.
59.4% of the households receiving SNAP have children under 18 years of age.
3/4th of the households receiving SNAP have one or more members over 60.
The average income in Charleston is $52,658 per household. For households on SNAP, it is $17,517.
What should be in a Blog Entry
Your blogs can have
You tube Videos
Link to other websites
Use the tracker as a way to guide your blog entry.
Review last year’s blog to get ideas.
How to submit a blog entry
There is no length limit on the blog entry, but “a read more… " button may be used.
with your blog entry written in word doc or email.
In the email
Please write any special instructions about the entry (if it includes video, flash, image etc.).
If you want to use an image please attach it with the email entry in addition to a link.
What do you expect to gain from this experience?
What do you expect to see/hear from others this week?
Are you nervous about any aspect of the challenge?
You cannot use pre-bought food, spices, water bottles, or condiments, except salt and pepper, in the challenge.
Say you have coffee every morning, coffee may not fit in your SNAP budget. Therefore you can't drink it. If the actual price for your coffee fits in the budget then you can use it and count it in your budget.
SNAP benefits don’t last most participants the whole month.
26% of food insecure individuals are not income eligible for federal food assistance
SNAP is responsive to changes in need, providing needed food assistance as families fall into economic hardship and then transitioning away as their financial situation stabilizes.
In addition to the November cut, the House cuts will total $40 billion over 10 years and Senate cut of $4 billion over 10 years. In 2014 850,000 households or 1.7 million people could lose SNAP.
Food insecurity means not knowing where/what your next meal will be.
16.7 million children under 18 are food insecure.
A Place at the Table Monday November 18th 5-7 at Physicians Auditorium
SNAP Challenge Debrief
November 22 Stern 409
We will discuss everyone's
experience, challenges and reflecting on the week.
The SNAP program benefits the local economy as every dollar spent in the SNAP program generates $1.79 in economic activity (Source: FRAC SNAP Participation Report)
Nearly half (49.2%) of all American children will receive SNAP benefits at some point between ages 1 and 20