Oh, SNAP! Three squares for the price of a mocha

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke today said that he will be taking the SNAP challenge during the week of Nov. 4th—and that he’s bringing his wife and staff along in the challenge.

Hunger is a reality for many in our community, and it has a devastating impact on everyday life. In 2013, 22.8% of Tennesseans say they haven’t had enough money to buy food for their family at some point during the last year. This ongoing problem affects our health, our education system, and our quality of life.

That’s why starting Monday, November 4, my wife, Monique, my staff and I will all take the SNAP challenge. Many people rely on SNAP benefits — also known as food stamps — to feed themselves and their families. So on Monday, we will trim our weekly food budget to reflect the average SNAP benefits received by citizens across the country – that’s $30.40 per person for the week, or just $4.40 a day.

I encourage you to join in this challenge. Taking the SNAP challenge for one week won’t come close to knowing the struggles that many Chattanoogans endure, week after week. But if we can shed some light on this important issue, it will be a week well spent.

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