Extension raises food insecurity awareness

Sept. 14, 2015 – Editor’s note: On Sept. 16, Extension will host a ‘”tabling event” at the Blacksburg Farmers Market from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for challenge participants. This story was updated to correct the date.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 11, 2015 – In honor of Hunger Action Month, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Nutrition Program and the Blacksburg Farmers Market have partnered to host the 2015 Farmers Market Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Challenge from Sept. 13 -19.

Typically, the SNAP challenge encourages participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing food insecurity by committing to eating all of their meals on a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant – $32 for seven days, or $4.50 a day per person.

During the Farmers Market SNAP Challenge participants will have the option to budget more money – up to $52 for seven days, or $7.40 a day per person –  if they spend at least $10 at the market twice during the seven-day challenge.

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