The Food Stamps Challenge: Can You Eat On Only $4.50 A Day?

September 20, 2010
Contact: Rodney Foo @ (408) 282-8920

More than 5 million Californians go hungry or live in fear of not having enough to eat. In Santa Clara County, 120,000 people qualify for Food Stamps, yet only half participate in the program – receiving the equivalent of only $4.50 a day to spend for food.

To raise awareness about hunger, Assemblymember Jim Beall has accepted the “Eat on $4.50 a Day Challenge’’ to show his support for launch of “Hunger Action Week,’’ Sept. 20-25, by the United Way Silicon Valley and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Beall, D-San Jose, will limit his food budget to just $4.50 on Wednesday and again on Thursday.

“I hope people take the ‘Eat on $4.50 a Day Challenge’ so they can understand how difficult it is to put nutritious food on the table on such a small budget,’’ Beall said. “For many people all that stands between them and starvation are Food Stamps.’’

Beall has authored legislative bills to increase the California’s dismal participation in the Food Stamp program which is now known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP. His proposals included streamlining the application process; and eliminating barriers such as fingerprinting and quarterly reporting.

To accept the “Eat on $4.50 a Day Challenge’’ and also learn what you can do to help end hunger in Santa Clara County, click here.