The Food Stamp (SNAP) Challenge

The Food Stamp (SNAP) Challenge

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutritional Service there were 46,326,352 individuals in 22,155,497 households receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits in February 2012, the latest date for which figures are available. That’s up 4.8% from February 2011, but down -0.3% from January 2012.

The average monthly benefit was $132.98 per person. That’s roughly $33.25 per week, $4.75 per day or $1.58 per meal for 3 meals per day, seven days each week. It occurred to me that the daily allowance wouldn’t cover one way of my commute to work.

Is Stealing Food For Your Family Okay

Is Stealing Food For Your Family Okay?

No fluffy introduction here, I’m getting right to the point, because I really want your opinion this time.  If you had children, was out of work on disability but not receiving enough money to pay for all the necessities of life, would you steal food for your children?

I ran into a story of a women who was arrested for stealing food.  Instead of having the book thrown at her, there has been an “outpouring of love and food” – at least temporarily – from the community.  I’d like you to read the story and then put yourself in her shoes. […]