SNAP Hunger Challenge & Operation Orange

Published 08/19 2014 03:41PM

Updated 08/20 2014 03:02PM


SNAP Hunger Challenge 
September 15-21, 2014  
More than 2 million people in our state live on $4.50 a day – can you? 
From September 8-14, during Hunger Action Month, the Eastern Illinois Foodbank personally invites you to 
participate in the SNAP Hunger Challenge and live on $4.50 a day for seven days.  That’s the average amount
individuals in eastern Illinois are receiving from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.  
Try it for a week, a day, or even just a meal. It’s an exercise in empathy—a call to live in someone else's shoes for
one week. By raising awareness of the barriers to accessing high quality, nutritious food on a food stamp budget,
we hope to mobilize the public to end hunger in Illinois. 

How the Challenge Works:
 Spend no more than $4.50 per day, including beverages. 
 Only buy and eat/drink items that are allowed to be purchased with SNAP (see list at  
 Don't use food already on hand. Salt and pepper don't count, but all other seasonings, cooking oils,
condiments, snacks and drinks do.  
 Try to include fresh produce and a healthy protein each day. 
 Don’t accept food from family, friends, co-workers and others. Avoid free food anywhere. 
 No outside food or dining out is permitted since you cannot use SNAP benefits on hot meals. 
 Keep a daily journal of the experience.  Did you feel deprived or restricted?  Did you eat differently than
usual?  Were you hungry? 

Share Your Experience:
SNAP Challenge participants are encouraged to keep a daily journal and share their experiences—during and after
the challenge—with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank as well as their friends, family and others. 
 Blog about it. Post your daily journal online or write posts for your own blog. Include photos of your purchased
food and meals.  
 Tweet using the hashtag #SNAPChallenge Share your thoughts, photos, links to your blog posts and facts about
hunger in eastern Illinois. Use our handle, @eifoodbank, for possible re-tweets and continued conversation
about the SNAP Challenge. 
 Use Facebook to share daily updates, photos and an end-of-week recap with your friends. Post on Eastern
Illinois Foodbank’s Facebook page to continue the conversation with other hunger-free champions as well as
for possible sharing with their followers. 
 Use your voice—talk about your experience with others. Did you come away with greater awareness and
understanding for the hunger challenges that affect so many in our community?  Have discussions with family,
friends, co-workers, neighbors. Share your experience with members of your church, civic organizations and
other clubs. Invite a representative from the Eastern Illinois Foodbank to provide insight into the issue and
solutions surrounding hunger in eastern Illinois. 

Operation Orange - September 5 & 6 from 2pm-2am
OPERATION ORANGE will feature the following:
·Volunteers (age 10-13 accompanied by a parent) can sign up for to 2 -hour shifts to keep projects running for 12 hours straight
·Kid's Zone hosted by Chambana Moms <> from 4-8pm where kids 5-9 can volunteer with their parents to label cans
·Music & live DJ for 12-hours
·A "selfie station" where individuals were encouraged to take a picture and check in on social media sites
·T-shirts all for the volunteers
·Food and refreshments from multiple sponsors throughout the night
·Fun activities and games around the clock

Volunteers can sign up at     |     2405 North Shore Drive     |     217.328.3663     | 


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