Take the SNAP the Silence Challenge
One of the hardest things in the world is to truly walk in someone else’s shoes. Sure, we can empathize with another’s challenges… but it’s something far different to live someone’s life as they do.
One of these challenges is poverty, which forces many to feed themselves and their families on an astonishingly small amount of money. Yet more than 65,000 residents of Montgomery County, one of the most affluent areas in America, live on less than $5 a day. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps) provides support to help these individuals… with an average per person amount of $4.28.
Could you survive on that, day in and day out?
To help us appreciate this, Councilmember Valerie Ervin has stepped forward and offered the “SNAP the Silence Challenge”. She’s asked Montgomery County residents to live off a food budget of $5 per day from February 4-8. So far, hundreds of elected officials, community leaders and regular residents like me have signed up to take the challenge. Councilmember Ervin will be blogging right here on mymcmedia.org about HER experiences eating on $5 a day. I will be chronicling my efforts as well, starting this weekend with a video blog and continuing new postings throughout the week.
Please check-in with Councilmember Ervin and others bloggers from February 4-8. And if you’d like to take the challenge too, click here to sign up: http://tinyurl.com/snapthesilence
It’s not going to be easy, but that’s the point.