Six Washington State Potato Commission staff members have pledged to live for a week on a grocery budget equal to the average benefit available to recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program aid.
Dubbed the Food Stamp Challenge, it runs April 6-12. Each participant plans to furnish their meals for the week on $29.56 per individual or $56.45 per household, according to a news release.
Potato products will be a key ingredient.
“The purpose of this is to highlight the affordability and nutritional value potatoes can provide to the millions of people who struggle to find adequate sources of food,” Chris Voigt, executive director, said in the release. The Moses Lake, Wash.-based commission also wanted to experience first-hand, he said, something of the challenge SNAP beneficiaries face living on those amounts, which reflect Washington averages.
One staffer’s family is also participating.
In Washington more than 1.5 million residents receive SNAP benefits, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.