SNAP, the federal government's Supplemental Nutritition Assistance Program, is one of the best long-term strategies for helping people purchase food from local grocery stores.
Mayor Tucker has agreed to take on that challenge. "Growing up on 'food stamps' has made be appreciative of the program and how the people struggle in poverty to do the simplest things, like get food on the table."
"I am proud, along with City Hall staff, to take the SNAP Challenge. The challenge runs from June 30 to July 3. Participants will limit their spending on food to $4.15 per person, per day; the amount SNAP requests its recipients to live on.
- Each person should only spend $4.15 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.
Participants are asked to post their experience on social media about how it is effecting their daily lives using the hashtag #SNAPChallenge.