Ann Arbor Area Community News
Today was the first day of the Michigan Food Stamp Challenge for 50 area families voluntarily limiting their food budgets to $3/day per person – the amount provided by the food stamp program. The Challenge is intended to draw attention to the fact that even this low rate is threatened with cuts. From the Challenge’s press release,
“This week living on an average food stamp budget won’t come close to recreating the worry and anxiety that millions of low-income people feel every day when they’re not sure where their next meal is coming from, but we do hope to shine a light on the importance of the program and the need for increased benefits,” said Chuck Warpehoski, Director of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, the organization organizing the Challenge. [Chuck is also an AU contributor.]
The Challenge website hosts a blog for program participants to discuss the experience of shopping, cooking, and eating on $3/day, at http://www.michiganfoodstampchallenge.org/news.
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