SNAP Challenge

October 17, 2014 | Tina Patterson

SNAP Challenge – Dénouement

Why use the word  dénouement in the blog heading? According to Merriam-Webster  dénouement is the final part of something (such as a book, a  play, or a series of events). It  seems appropriate to chronicle the final part of  my  2014 SNAP Challenge journey. Day 7 was surprisingly smooth. I filled two bottles with water to ensure I would be […]

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October 16, 2014 | Tina Patterson

SNAP Challenge Day 7 – Twist and Homestretch

Day 6 began smoothly. I ate oatmeal before heading out the door for the seminar. Lunch (soup) was packed along with a small container of oatmeal,  an orange, a package of raisins, the remaining hummus, and a few carrots. On the first break during the seminar I realized I had no water.  Yikes! I couldn’t […]

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October 10, 2014 | Tina Patterson

SNAP Challenge 2014 – Day 4: Be Prepared

I began Day 3 thinking of pancakes. Had I grown tired of the oatmeal and raisins? It really doesn’t matter because this is the option for breakfast. I had plenty of water on hand and was cognizant of the amount of time between breakfast and lunch. After lunch the smooth flow of the day was gone. […]

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October 9, 2014 | Tina Patterson

SNAP Challenge 2014 – Day 3: Stride and Stress

Day 2  was a lot easier to navigate because I planned ahead. I had oatmeal for breakfast relatively early and the morning.  I ended up eating lunch later than  planned,  because I was focused on completing a task at work. when I did eat lunch I literally stopped working and enjoyed my split pea soup, apple and water. […]

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October 8, 2014 | Lindsey Seegers

SNAP Challenge: Sweet (one dollar!) Potato Soup

It’s SNAP Challenge week. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly called Food Stamps. I—along with professionals and individuals from Maryland, DC, and Virginia—am attempting to shop for my household for one week on $33. While living on a food stamp budget for just a week cannot come close to the struggles Manna families […]

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October 8, 2014 | Tina Patterson

SNAP Challenge Day 2 – Lessons and Questions

I felt as if I plodded through Day1. My friend Bebe’s words about the presentation of the food is just as important as the taste resonated with me as I prepared dinner. I made a point to serve dinner on cheerful looking dinnerware. Dinner was turkey chili (I used the kidney beans and black beans I purchased in the chili) with brown rice served with […]

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October 7, 2014 | Tina Patterson

Snap Challenge 2014 Day 1- Rules and Choices

I agreed to the participate in the 2014 SNAP with Maryland Hunger Solutions. The rules are: 1. Plan to spend the average food stamp benefit as your budget for the week. That amount is $33 for all food and beverages. 2. All food purchased and eaten during the Challenge week, including fast food and dining […]

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September 18, 2014 | Tina Patterson

An Invitation and a Challenge

I received the invitation below in the email recently: Take the SNAP Challenge with Us – October 6 to 12 Maryland Hunger Solutions, along with D.C. Hunger Solutions and Virginia Hunger Solutions, invite you to join us in taking the SNAP Challenge (October 6 -12, 2014) to highlight the struggles faced by too many throughout our region who […]

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February 13, 2013 | Staff Writer

The Lightning Round (Video)

Guest host Susan Heltemes engages in a lightning round of discussion of several topics with the “21 This Week” panel. Topics included recognition of Ronald Reagan Day, the SNAP Challenge, and corporate sponsorship of Montgomery County Parks. Panelists Cynthia Rubenstein, Mark Uncapher, and Jerry Cave speak out on these topics. Take a look. The next […]

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February 11, 2013 | Staff Writer

Council President Press Conference (Photos & Video)

Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro met with the media on Feb. 11 for her weekly press briefing. Among the topics Navarro addressed were poverty in the county, the SNAP the silence challenge, the need for transportation funding dollars, the smoking bill, artificial turf, accessory apartments, Glenmont sector plan and more.

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