Food Bank Salutes Mariko Yamada for Taking Challenge

At a time when stock prices are plunging, unemployment rates are soaring and many Americans are struggling with uncertainty regarding their economic futures; it’s encouraging to see elected officials like Assemblymember Mariko Yamada raising awareness about an issue that is affecting a steadily increasing number of Californians.

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Assemblymember Yamada (second from the left)

The Food Stamp Challenge is an opportunity to not only experience, first-hand, the budgeting constraints that millions of Californians face on a regular basis, but it’s also an opportunity to take stock of our individual eating and food-spending habits.  For instance, have you ever considered how much money you spend on food daily?  Weekly?  Annually?  How would you respond if you suddenly found yourself unable to enjoy or afford some of your favorite treats and dishes?

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Food stamps are no longer coupons like these. Benefits are now stored on an EBT card that looks just like an ATM card.

Assemblymember Yamada’s reflections of each day’s meals and activities give insight into the necessity of making smart decisions, and, oftentimes, difficult choices in the wake of severely limited resources.  We thank and salute Assemblymember Yamada for, once again, taking the Food Stamp Challenge!  We also want to thank our partners at the Yolo County Food Bank for working with Assemblymember Yamada on this project.  For more information about Assemblymember Yamada’s comments, see their blog at

Here, at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, staff members are joining Assemblymember Yamada by taking the challenge during the month of September.  September is Hunger Action Month, a month where the Food Bank asks everyone to take action in the fight against hunger.  Food Bank staffers are taking the Food Stamp Challenge from September 20-24.  Join us on September 25 for our Open House at our new warehouse in Fairfield where you can hear the experiences of those that took the challenge.  To learn more about the Food Stamp Challenge or more activities you can participate in for Hunger Action Month, visit

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