Next week, March 30-April 5, there are a lot of folks around church here who are participating in the SNAP Challenge. What is the SNAP Challenge, you ask?
SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and was formerly known as Food Stamps. There has recently been a lot of buzz about this program due to federal budget cuts, resulting in heated discussions about how much assistance people need when it comes to food. It’s a tough conversation, with parties on both sides pointing accusing fingers of system abuse or insensitive officials cutting a program some people desperately need.
The SNAP Challenge does not propose to end debate outright, but challenges people to have discussions after having lived for one week within the restrictions of someone who is dependent on SNAP for food. From a church/theological perspective, we are challenging people to think about what it means when Jesus tells us in Scripture to feed the hungry.
In short, participating in the Challenge means providing all food needs for one week for $31.27 per person in your home (which includes any and all money spent on food, whether bought at the grocery or eating out). You can read the full guidelines by looking at the Guidelines and Devotional.
By participating in this challenge, the hope is to have a conversation about SNAP from the perspective of what it affords and does not afford, what level of food provisions it gives or does not give. In short, the hope is that conversations happen through a medium of mutual understanding and respect rather than an “us vs. them” mentality.
You can read more about the SNAP Challenge on this info flyer.
If you have any questions about the program, would like to know more, or would like to get involved, email Jessie!
Again, you can look at the devotional and guidelines for the SNAP Challenge here: