SNAP Challenge

SNAP Challenge 

SNAP is the acronym for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  The SNAP Challenge encourages participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. By accepting the SNAP Challenge, you’ll commit to eating all of your meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant - $1.40 per meal. 

Chronicle Your Challenge and submit it to Mid-South Food Bank. Testimonies will serve to help others better understand the challenges associated with hunger and food insecurity. 

How: 1) Daily Journal Entry (observations)/ Response to Daily Questions (listed below); 2) Photos/short Videos; 3) Photos of food choices/yourself At conclusion of Your SNAP Challenge, submit your recorded experience to our volunteer coordinators at or by phone: 901.373.0400.


1)  How did your shopping cart look compared to a normal week? What choices did you have to make about the types of food you could afford, where you shopped, or the nutritional quality and variety of food? 

 2)  What have you cut out of your routine to stay on budget (e.g. COFFEE)? 

 3)  How would this experience be different if your spouse and children were also eating off a limited food budget for the week? 

 4)  How has eating on a limited budget impacted your mood? Your concentration? How has that impacted your interaction with family and coworkers? 

 5)  Are you worried about your groceries running out before the end of the Challenge? Do you feel you are you eating a healthy, balanced diet? What nutrition decisions did you have to make? 

 6)  We know that low-income Americans have to make choices between groceries, prescriptions, gas for the car, utilities, and other household necessities. After living on a limited food budget this week, how has your perspective changed about the decisions families facing hunger must make?  

 7)  In November 2013, the government cut SNAP benefits for all recipients. These cuts amounted to $36 for a family of four - dropping the average benefit per person per meal to under $1.40.  How would this week have been different for you if you had even less money to spend on food?