The Virginia SNAP Challenge

September 28 – October 2, 2015

Take the SNAP Challenge with Us!

Virginia Hunger Solutions, along with D.C. Hunger Solutions and Maryland Hunger Solutions, invite you to join us in taking the SNAP Challenge (September 28 – October 2, 2015) to highlight the struggles faced by too many throughout our region who can’t afford the food they need.

SNAP is an essential lifeline that helps millions of Americans keep food on the table, but the current benefit level is far too low. The average benefit in Virginia is about $28 per week – or $1.33 per person, per meal.

By taking the SNAP Challenge and using the average benefit as your budget for food and beverages during the Challenge week, you will see the difficult choices that low-income families are forced to make while food shopping with limited resources.

Register Today!

Why take the SNAP Challenge?

  • Because hunger is still a significant problem in this country. One in seven American households struggles with hunger.
  • Because SNAP benefits remain too low, resulting in people having to struggle to afford healthy and adequate food for their families.
  • Because you believe it is time for the nation to act and make ending hunger in this country a priority.

How do I take the SNAP Challenge?

  1. Sign up by clicking here. Encourage friends and family to sign up too!
  2. Budget $28 per household member for food and beverages during the Challenge week.
  3. Only eat food that you purchase for the Challenge. Be sure to count eating out in your budget and do not eat food that you already own, excluding spices and condiments.
  4. Avoid consuming free food and drinks (excluding water), particularly at receptions and briefings.
  5. Share your experiences by:
    • Tweeting @VPLC using #vaSNAPchallenge
    • Writing on our Facebook page

What you CAN purchase with SNAP benefits:

  • Produce and canned goods
  • Meat and dairy products
  • Dried goods, beans and rice
  • Breads and cereals
  • Baby food and infant formula
  • Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream
  • Seafood, steak, and bakery cakes
  • Energy drinks that have a nutrition facts label
  • Coffee and tea
  • Seeds (whether for eating or planting)
  • Live fish such as lobsters and other shellfish
  • Edible pumpkins/gourd
  • Gift baskets that contain both food and non-food items, as long as the food items are more than 50% of the basket

What you CANNOT purchase with SNAP benefits:

  • Hot food or any food that you eat in-store
  • Pet food
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Cigarettes
  • Medicine and vitamins
  • Non-edible household items like diapers, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, etc.