Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Try Eating for $4 a Day. Join The Hunger Challenge

Did you know that the average amount Californians have to spend on a day's meal with food stamps is $4? Or that 34 million people in the United States live on a food stamp budget?

I didn't, until I read about the San Francisco Food Bank's Hunger Challenge.

Last year, 6 food bloggers and recipe developers tried to eat 3 meals on $3 per day during the 2008 San Francisco Food Bank's Hunger Challenge. This year, Hunger Challenge participants will try to eat 3 meals for $4 per day, per person, during the week of September 20-26, 2009.

You can take the Challenge for one day, or for the whole week. To participate, email the San Francisco Food Bank at: (You don't have to be a blogger, or live in the Bay Area to take the Challenge).

If you'd like to learn more about national and global hunger issues, check out the national and international organizations listed below. For a local perspective, peruse the list of food bank blogs. (Hat tip to Tyson Foods Hunger Relief's post Hunger Twitterers).

International and National Hunger Organizations

Food Bank Blogs
Cross-posted from BlogHer is a media sponsor of The Hunger Challenge.


  1. Anonymous4:50 PM

    We don't live in California, but we're one of those families who receive food stamps.
    For a family of six (including one infant), I receive $500 per month. That averages out to a little more than $2.76 per person, per DAY.
    How do we cope? We typically don't eat three meals a day - except, of course, for the baby.
    I cook from scratch and avoid prepackaged/overly processed foods. We have a vegetable garden and home-canned goods. I have a chest freezer that I bought before poverty hit, so I can buy sale items and freeze them. When I received my last income tax return, I invested in bulk organic rice, flour and grains. And we seldom eat desserts and I don't buy junk food.
    Many people don't have the resources (especially time!)or skills that I have. Where true hunger isn't an issue for my family (thank God for food stamps!), it's sobering to realize how many people in the U.S. suffer badly from food insecurity!
    If you are blessed enough not to have the spector of hunger hanging around your door, please seriously think about taking this challenge!

  2. Wow, thank you so much for sharing your story, Anonymous.

  3. Thank you so much for linking to Friends of the World Food Program, Britt! Love your post.

    Web Associate
    Friends of WFP

  4. Jessica - My pleasure!

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