More than 500,000 people in San Diego County do not have enough food for a healthy, active life. The CalFresh Challenge encourages participants to experience what life can be like for many of our neighbors who rely on CalFresh as they struggle to avoid hunger, afford nutritious food and stay healthy with very limited resources. In San Diego County, the average CalFresh allotment per person is only
$4.18 per day or $20.92 for five days.  

Walk in the shoes of someone on an extremely limited budget to help raise awareness and money to support the fight against hunger in our region. 

Take the Challenge for one day on Monday, May 8
or challenge yourself to continue for 5 days through Friday, May 12.


DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER!
Your registration helps us measure the impact of our work to end hunger in our community and supports our advocacy of anti-hunger policy at the state and federal levels.


1. REGISTER FOR
 THE CHALLENGE

Participants can take the Challenge for one day on Monday, May 8 or up to 5 days ending on Friday, May 12.  Prior to the start of the Challenge you will be sent your CalFresh Challenge Guidelines and tips for meal planning on an extremely limited budget. Download and share our flyer to help spread the word. 

Click the button below to register for the Challenge today. The more people we have sign up the more attention this cause will receive. 

 

2. STICK TO THE BUDGET & SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE

During the Challenge, your entire grocery budget will be the average San Diego County CalFresh benefit allotment per person of $4.18 per day or $20.92 for 5 days. This includes all meals, beverages and snacks. Click the button below to review the Challenge Guidelines.

Participants are encouraged to share their experience on social media using #CalFreshChallenge. Start by sharing your participation on Facebook or Twitter.

Don't forget to register! The more people we have sign up the more attention this cause will receive. 

 

3. RAISE MONEY AND
WIN PRIZES

Make an even deeper impact by fundraising to support the Hunger Coalition's CalFresh Task Force's efforts to expand CalFresh outreach to increase enrollment and efficiency. Click on the button below to create your fundraising page.  

Participants who raise $100 or more from May 1 - 15 will receive a San Diego Hunger Coalition tote bag. Top fundraisers will also receive a prize pack with gifts from our generous community partners. 

Click here to download the 2017 CalFresh Challenge Fundraising Toolkit.

Don't forget to register! The more people we have sign up the more attention this cause will receive. 

 

Challenge Guidelines

Take the challenge for one day on Monday, May 8 or choose to further challenge yourself and continue for 5 days through Friday, May 12.

  1. Stick to the Budget
    The budget for one day is $4.18. The budget for 5 days $20.92. This includes all food, beverages and snacks purchased and eaten during the Challenge, including fast food and dining out. 
     
  2. Only Eat Food You Purchase During the Challenge
    Do not eat food that you purchased before the Challenge began. 
     
  3. Do Not Accept Free Food
    Avoid accepting free food from friends, family, or coworkers, including receptions or meetings. 
     
  4. Share Your Experience
    Share your experience on social media throughout the Challenge with updates and photos using #CalFreshChallenge. Start by sharing your participation on Facebook or Twitter.
     
  5. Bonus: Fundraise
    Help raise funds essential to increasing CalFresh enrollment for families facing food scarcity and to make your experience more meaningful. Start your fundraiser
     
  6. Can't participate or fundraise this year? Make a direct donation to San Diego Hunger Coalition to support the fight against hunger. Click here to donate. 

Did you know?

  • Every month an estimated 300,000 San Diego County residents rely on CalFresh to get enough healthy food to eat.
     
  • Of the CalFresh recipients in San Diego County, nearly 46% are children.
     
  • People on food stamps and public assistance are not "living the easy life" on taxpayer dollars but are, in fact, barely able to get by and, with an individual allotment of only $4.18 per day, certainly not able to purchase enough food to lead an active, healthy life.
     
  • While food banks serve a necessary purpose in providing emergency food supplies, CalFresh (food stamps) are our nation’s most direct and effective long-term solution to ending hunger. Moreover, hunger costs us all. When people are hungry we all suffer due to our neighborhoods reduced economic vitality; labor loss; diminished cognitive and physical development; lower educational achievement in children; and tremendous healthcare costs.

Raise Awareness – #CalFreshChallenge

  1. Share your experience on social media.
    Throughout the challenge, post and tweet about your experience using #CalFreshChallenge.  Ideas include: sharing about what you ate, the cost of your meals, any challenges you encounter, physical or emotional experiences that arise, and any refection or insights you have. You can also keep a video journal where you take a few moments to discuss and post about your Challenge experience each day. We love seeing photos and video of the food purchasing and preparation process or you discussing it. See how creative you can get! Social media is a powerful tool  to help raise awareness about the hunger and nutrition challenges faced by San Diego County residents.  Get started by sharing your participation on Facebook or Twitter
     
  2. Fundraise
    To make your experience more meaningful and help us to raise funds essential to increasing CalFresh enrollment for families facing food scarcity throughout San Diego County, please consider fundraising for the San Diego Hunger Coalition. Please click here to create your own fundraising page. Once you have set-up your fundraising page, you will be able to share it with your friends and family through social media and email. Click here to download the 2017 CalFresh Challenge Fundraising Toolkit.
     
  3. Invite others to join
    Living on a food stamp budget for even a week is a difficult undertaking. More participants taking the Challenge will the increase awareness about the real daily challenges that many CalFresh recipients. Invite others to join you to spread the word!


Can’t participate this year?
Please consider making a donation to join the fight against hunger in our community.