Valerie Ervin’s SNAP Challenge

February 8, 2013 | Valerie Ervin

Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin

When Strangers Act Like Neighbors

When strangers start acting like neighbors… communities are reinvigorated. ~ Ralph Nader This week was one of ups and downs, highs and lows but ultimately it was an amazing showing of people committed to building a community of people who are unafraid to show their empathy and determination to shine a light on poverty and […]

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February 8, 2013 | Valerie Ervin

Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin

Raise Your Voice to SNAP the Silence

I was interviewed yesterday for the Segye Times, which is a Korean newspaper. The reporter was interested in the SNAP Challenge and couldn’t believe that in the U.S. there were people who go hungry every day. He was particularly interested in what I had to eat and wanted to take pictures of my lunch that […]

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February 6, 2013 | Valerie Ervin

photo of Valerie Ervin

Long Day Without Food

Today is day three of the SNAP the Silence Challenge and while it’s been difficult, I’m still holding strong. For me, one of the most interesting effects of this challenge is the way that my mind has begun to fixate on food. In the morning, I think about what I’m having for breakfast, lunch, and […]

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February 5, 2013 | Valerie Ervin

Photo of Marie Henderson & Valerie Ervin

Second Day and Counting

I started my morning yesterday shopping for the week on $25. It was a lot harder to do than I originally thought. It was embarrassing for me to carefully choose all of my items and then proceed to the checkout stand only to find that I had overspent by almost $4. I know that in […]

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February 2, 2013 | Valerie Ervin

Photo of Valerie Ervin and students at school breakfast

Gearing up for the SNAP the Silence on Poverty Challenge

Today is Friday, Feb.1st and I am mentally preparing to take the SNAP the Silence on Poverty Challenge next week. I am so happy that Marie Henderson, Executive Director of Interfaith Works, has prepared a shopping list for those of us who were concerned about how best to spend our $25 for the week. I can […]

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