SNAP Challenge

On YouTube there are a bunch of people who post various challenges such as eating a large spoonful of cinnamon or eating an entire jar of mayonnaise. These challenges come from having too much free time or are just creating a cheap laugh. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, Challenge comes from a much better place and is a way to create awareness of the daily struggle that millions of Americans face when trying to balance hunger, nutritional needs and staying healthy.

By living on the average food stamp benefit, participants get to experience first-hand how difficult daily life can be. Of course living on this budget for a week or even a month doesn’t come close to the struggles of low-income families, but it does provide new prospective and a greater understanding. Generally the rules are pretty simple, but each individual Challenge differs slightly:

You must stay within five dollars a day
You must include all food eaten during the Challenge week including dining out
You can only eat food you purchased during the week
You can’t accept free food from others or at events such as receptions

At the end of the challenge you tally your receipts and determine how you did. To show his support for the cause Hrant, our Executive Director, is going to participate in this event this week.
At the end of the event, he will share a personal account of the event and any lessons learned on the Patient’s Voice blog. If you want to participate, just follow the simple rules above and let us know. You can also sign up directly on the link provided above. Please note that Hrant, isn’t following a renal specific diet during this challenge and choices that he chooses such as a banana are not part of a balanced renal diet. We recommend that anyone interested in doing this or another similar event, talk with your medical providers first.
Good luck to Hrant and all of the other participants!


  1. […] ago, I was asked to participate in the SNAP Challenge (details from the original post can be found here), with approximately 600 residents from my county. That meant spending no more than $5 a day on […]

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