3SquaresVT Challenge

347072Can you eat well on the average 3SquaresVT benefit of $3.84/day? The purpose of the 3SquaresVT Challenge is to draw attention to the experience of living on a strict food budget and to build awareness of the importance of 3SquaresVT (called SNAP or food stamps nationally).

Did you know?
One in four people, or an estimated 153,000 people, in Vermont turn to food shelves and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. This includes 33,900 children and 26,010 seniors. Also:

  • 71.8% of households report purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food because they could not afford healthier options.
  • 56% of households report having to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.

More than half (53.9%) of households visiting Vermont food shelves and meal sites report using three or more coping strategies for getting enough food in the past 12 months. The frequency of these strategies among all households include:

  • 52.6% report eating food past the expiration date;
  • 36.4% report growing food in a garden;
  • 25.3% report pawning or selling personal property;
  • 71.8% report purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food;
  • 31% report watering down food or drinks;
  • 53.4% report receiving help from friends or family.

Why take the 3SquaresVT Challenge?

The 3SquaresVT Challenge encourages participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger by highlight what it is like to eat on the average 3SquaresVT benefit—approximately $3.84 per day for a single person. Help us bring awareness to the issue of hunger and the struggles that families face when living on fixed or low incomes.

3SquaresVT Challenge Guidelines

  • Include all of your food and beverage purchases in your weekly budget, including snacks, fast food, dining out, etc.
  • Only eat foods bought with your weekly budget. Exceptions include: spices and condiments already in your pantry, food from your garden and school lunches for children, since many kids on 3SquaresVT are eligible for free or reduced price meals.
  • Challenge participants should not plan to use food shelves, produce drops, meal sites or other community resources. While 61% of 3SquaresVT recipients need to rely on those resources, those resources are for those truly in need.

Join us and take the 3SquaresVT Challenge by completing the form below!

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