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Are You Up To The SNAP Challenge? Mayor Parker Takes On The $4-A-Day Budget

Can you eat on $4 dollars a day? That's what the federal government allots to people in the assistance program. Houston Mayor Annise Parker will take the SNAP Challenge to better understand the plight that a lot of people face every day.


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Nearly one million food insecure children, adults and seniors in our area face the daily risk of not having enough to eat. They live in the 18 southeast Texas counties served by the Houston Food Bank.

President and CEO of the Houston Food Bank, Brian Greene says having plenty of food to eat is a luxury for them.

“Live for $4 dollars a day in food costs, total food costs for a week. But see what that’s like and then, would you really be doing those things that people fear of, buying lobsters or something like that.”

SNAP, the federal government’s Supplemental Nutritition Assistance Program, is one of the best long-term strategies for helping people purchase food from local grocery stores.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has agreed to take on that challenge.

“I agreed to do the SNAP Challenge, now that means that everything that’s eaten during one of these challenges including fast food, has to be calculated into the amount of money you spend.”

In southeast Texas nearly 785,000 people turn to SNAP, but a little more  than half of those eligible are enrolled.

Texas has one of the lowest participation rates in the country.