The SNAP Challenge

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The SNAP Challenge encourages participants to experience what life is like for millions of low-income Americans. Here in Connecticut, the average monthly SNAP benefit is $135 per person – amounting to just $4.50 per day! By living on the average SNAP benefit, Challenge participants find themselves forced to make food shopping choices on a limited budget, and learn how difficult it is to avoid hunger, afford nutritious foods, and stay healthy without adequate resources. We suggest taking the Challenge for a week, but some participants last only a few days, while others have chosen to participate for the duration of Hunger Action Month.  Register Now!  

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, feeds millions of hungry families in America every month. But with the rising cost of food and the economy struggling, these benefits are sometimes a family's only access to food. Foodshare hopes that this activity will educate more people on the increasing importance of SNAP benefits, energizing them to take long-term action! 

Taking the SNAP Challenge:


Step 1Eat on $4.50/day for a week, a month or longer if you so choose. 

Check out our sample menus to help you get started...


Step 2Experience hunger for yourself. Learn about the daily struggles

faced by our hungry neighbors!


Step 3Engage others by sharing your experience. Create a blog, post to Facebook,

& encourage friends to participate.


Think you can handle the Challenge? Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Register Now



  • Each person should only spend $4.50 per day on food and drink.
  • All food purchased and eaten in this time must be counted in total spending - this includes dining out.
  • During this time, do not eat any food purchased prior to the start of the Challenge.
  • Whenever possible, avoid accepting free food from family, friends and coworkers since these opportunities are not always available to those in need.
  • Eat as healthy as possible, keeping in mind that this is how many people eat every day, whereas you can make up for lost nutrients next week.




  • If you take the challenge for an extended period of time, you are encouraged to spend your overall budget in larger allotments - for example $31.50 per week, or $135 per month. Advance planning will help you maintain a much more well-balanced diet in the long term! Check out our Sample Menus for help getting started...
  • Get your children involved by sharing with them your reasons for participating, what you are eating during the Challenge and why you have chosen to take part. Please note: it is important that children receive all of the necessary nutrients for growing strong and healthy, so we do not support participation for younger children.
  • Track your spending and publicly share your experience on a blog, Facebook, Twitter, or send it to your town’s local Patch. Don't forget to send us your blog so that we can share it with our followers. You can also check out blogs from past SNAP Challenge participants!


Participating as a group, class, or congregation? Foodshare is available to help you design a custom program by sending additional materials, giving a speech or conducting a Hunger 101 at your location. Just give us a call at 860-286-9999 or send an e-mail request.