Hunger Action Month

Hunger Challenge

Hunger Challenge

Hunger Challenge Guidelines

Can you eat on just $4.50 a day?
By accepting the Hunger Challenge, you’ll commit to eating all of your meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP recipient. While it is impossible to fully comprehend the difficult decisions low-income families face, taking the Hunger Challenge this September will help raise awareness about the issue of hunger in America. 

Nearly 4 million Californians receive SNAP benefits while another estimated 4 million are eligible. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly known as Food Stamps and known as CalFresh in California) is meant to supplement a household food budget to help families put nutritious food on the table. Unfortunately, many families struggle to stretch their benefits to the end of the month, and some are forced to visit the Food Bank, putting extra strain on our resources, or they simply go hungry.

The challenge will take place Monday, September 16th - Friday, September 20th.

I’m up for the Challenge! (links to a sign up form)

Hunger Challenge Guidelines

Download a printable version of the guidelines here.

I’ve Accepted the Challenge, Now What?

  1. The challenge will take place Monday, September 16th – Friday, September 20th.
  2. Your food budget for the Challenge will be based on the national average SNAP benefit, which is $4.50 per person per day– for ALL your food and beverages.
  3. Keep track of ALL food purchased and eaten during the Challenge. Try recording it in the daily log (see handouts on our website at
  4. Please try to resist the free food you come across i.e., donations in the employee break rooms, food provided at meetings/conference because for people who really struggle with hunger this type of food isn’t always available.
  5. You may use spices and basic condiments already in your household.
  6. Invite your co-workers, family members, and friends to join you. The Hunger Challenge is a great opportunity to talk with your family about meal planning and preparation on a budget.
  7. Share your Hunger Challenge through social media and by blogging about your experience keeping in mind the long term effects of struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table. Take note of the choices you made between the variety and quality of food you ate. Even one post helps. You can also send your thoughts to Rachel –


  • The USDA recommends that SNAP recipients buy raw ingredients whenever possible, to maximize their benefits. However, you can plan your meals however you choose: eating at home, eating out, buying food for the week, or shopping multiple times during the week.
  • There are no restrictions on which or how many stores you can utilize, but all food eaten during the week should be included on your shopping and meal logs.

CalFresh Facts

  • California’s CalFresh participation rates are consistently among the lowest in the nation; approximately one out of every two Californians eligible for CalFresh receives benefits.
  • In FY2009, 34 percent of participating CalFresh households had income from earnings.
  • More than 70 percent of CalFresh households receiving benefits had children.
  • Five percent participating CalFresh households included elderly adults.
  • USDA has shown that every dollar in CalFresh/SNAP expenditures generates $1.79 in economic activity.

Learn more at


Shopping log
Meal Log

I’m up for the Challenge! (links to a sign up form)

Can’t take the Hunger Challenge?

Consider making a donation to help feed the 149,000 people in our community who are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Your $20 donation allows us to provide 40 nutritious meals in our community.

Contact or with any questions and to share your experiences with the challenge.