The following was written by the Vermont Foodbank’s Americorps VISTA Rachel Floyd about her experiences doing the SNAP challenge, also know as the 3SquaresVT Challenge. Click the Soundcloud link below to hear Rachel’s story straight from her. Interested in trying it out yourself? Click here to learn more.
“I decided to participate in a SNAP Challenge after some real consideration. As a VISTA at the Vermont Foodbank, I spend most of my time helping individuals and families apply for SNAP,
Poverty is a complicated socio-economic issue and I can’t even pretend to be an expert on it. I know about negative health outcomes for folks who live in poverty compared to those who don’t. I know that people who live in poverty have shorter life expectancies than those who don’t. I know that children who grow up in poverty, even temporarily, will have fewer opportunities for success in almost any measurement, compared to their more affluent peers. Food insecurity is inextricably linked to poverty. When folks don’t have enough good food, stress, illness, and missed work and school increases. Food insecurity is both a cause and a symptom of poverty. It is not representative of the whole picture though, and that is where many SNAP challenges fall short.
I chose to participate in the SNAP challenge for 5 days and post about it on social media. My hop