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.
On the same afternoon that the Chattanooga City Council approved funding for a major crime-reduction initiative proposed by Mayor Andy Berke, a shooting on one of the city’s more troubled streets sent a victim to the hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.
Berke has made implementing the High Point model one of his top policy goals. Attempts by previous administrations to curb violent crime, particularly gang violence, have culminated in mixed results.
(Aside: Welcome David Morton to the government beat at Nooga.com.)
It’s just a minor detail, I suppose, but I couldn’t get out of any activists was which races would be targeted, or who would be running for any of them. I was told that some announcements would be coming later in the year. But here is what I did capture from the 2013 Kefauver Dinner in Chattanooga.
The Tennessee Democratic Party held its annual Jackson Day Dinner fundraiser in more modest quarters than in times past, but several hundred supporters were encouraged to look to better future days, according to this Tennessean report (paywall warning).
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke was one of the featured speakers.
Keynote speaker U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) reportedly played a little harmonica with the band at the after party.