NCOA Takes the SNAP Challenge
Could you eat healthy on $3.84 per day?
That’s the challenge for the 2.85 million seniors who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for food help – on only $119 per month (national average).
And now it’s our challenge, too.
From March 5-9, 2012, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) will sponsor the first-ever SNAP Challenge by a national organization serving older adults. Participants in the NCOA SNAP Challenge will replicate the experience of living on a SNAP budget – choosing recipes, shopping for groceries, and cooking healthy meals.
SNAP is the most important hunger-fighting program for low-income older adults, yet only 35% of eligible seniors participate. With our SNAP Challenge, we hope to shed more light on the prevalence of senior hunger, and how food assistance programs play a vital role in economic security and healthy aging.
We invite you to follow our progress on the One Away blog (or, if you’re interested, participate in the Challenge too). You can also learn more about becoming an advocate around senior hunger by exploring our nutrition toolkit.
Have your own story to tell about you/someone you know getting SNAP? Tell us about your experience by leaving a comment below.