February 4-8, 2013
Highlighting Poverty in America
Silence the Silence
SNAP the Silence about Poverty
Are You Up for the Challenge?
Join Valerie Ervin in living on a SNAP budget for
one week; Gain a perspective for a lifetime.
We all know how expensive it is to live in Montgomery County, Maryland. What
many people may not know is how many working families struggle to
put food on the table everyday. The current economic crisis has forced
more people than ever to ask for public assistance.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly
known as the Food Stamp Program, supports those whose wages are too
low to lift them out of poverty, helping them to put food on the table.
This federal program allows individuals that qualify to purchase food to
eat, or to buy seeds and plants which produce food for the household.
In October 2012, approximately 65,200 County residents participated
in the SNAP program. From July through October 2012, an average of
2,400 households applied for SNAP benefits each month. For families
that qualify for the SNAP program, the average daily benefit per person,
according to USDA/FNS statistics, is $4.28 per day.
Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin invites you to
join her in taking the SNAP Challenge and highlight how it feels to
live in poverty.
Participants will only spend $5 on food each day. While living on
a SNAP budget for just a week will not come close to the struggles
encountered by low-income working families, it does provide a new
perspective and greater understanding for those who take the challenge.
What: Take the SNAP Challenge. Spend $5 on food per day per
person for one week.
When: February 4 – 8, 2013
Who: Join your friends, neighbors and others who have already
accepted the challenge. Sign up here to join us:
Share your experience:
SNAP the Silence Facebook event or
Twitter using #SNAPtheSilence @ValerieErvin