As we mentioned in a previous post, several students at Blythewood High School recently participated in the SNAP Challenge. The SNAP Challenge asks participants to live on the same budget as people living on food stamps, approximately $4 per person per day for a week. In honor of the upcoming National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 12-18), we’ll be sharing these reflections periodically with our readers.
What I liked about the Snap Challenge is we learned about the different challenges people have to go through. Such as finding the cheapest food, but also the healthiest food. You only have a certain amount of money depending on how many people in your family. My family had two parents, one child, and a diabetic. We were most focused on the diabetic because we had watch out what we bought. Finding out what food we had to get was hard and expensive also. We had $20 per day to spend on food. At the end of the day, we had to make sure that we got all of our food groups. It was challenging, but eventually we got through the hard parts. We look at the food group chart, and then we look at the different groceries papers to see what items we needed.
Everyone should do the Snap Challenge because it teaches you about the different programs that the government offer to people in poverty. It will people teach how hard it is for people trying to provide their families with healthy meals every day. People do not know how good they have it, and they take things for granted. When people they are try to buy groceries, they can’t always get what they want. They have to worry about the people there are providing for. The Snap Challenge taught me about poverty, and how the government tries to help.
Chronic diseases can make an otherwise difficult situation almost an impossibility, especially when you are responsible for providing nutritious meals for your whole family. Quinton learned how difficult it can be for someone with a chronic disease who is living in poverty, and the difficulties it can place on a family. Check the blog next time for more reflections, and if you’re interested in taking the SNAP Challenge with your family please let us know so we can share your experiences as well! Thank you, students of Blythewood High School for LIVING UNITED!