Food stamp challenge

Food stamp challenge

A food stamp challenge is a trend in the United States popularized by religious groups, community activists and food pantries in which a family of means chooses to purchase food using only the monetary equivalent of what a family that size would receive in federal food stamps. [cite web |url=http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/04/20/oregon_gov_joining_food_stamp_project/ |title=Oregon gov. joining food stamp project |publisher=Associated Press |first=Julia |last=Silverman |date=2007-04-20] In 2007, this amounted to US$3 per person per day. [cite web |url=http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/P2007/press_040907b.shtml |title=Governor Kulongoski Challenges Oregonians to "Food Stamp Challenge" |publisher=The Governor of Oregon |date=2007-04-09 |first=Anna Richter |last=Taylor |coauthors=Jake Weigler, Kristina Edmunson]

It has been noted that it misrepresents the food stamp program, which is applied on a sliding scale, with the value of stamps decreasing at higher income levels. The 'average recipient', on whose experience the food stamp challenge is based, is expected to spend some of his or her own income on food or receive other aid, rather than relying entirely on the food stamps, which are not intended to cover the entire cost of food. [cite web |url=http://www.hungertaskforce.org/understanding_hunger/food_stamp_challenge/ |title=Food Stamp Challenge |publisher=Hunger Task Force |date=24 September 2007 |first=Sherrie |last=Tussler |accessdate=2008-03-30 ]

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