Day 1 of the CalFresh Challenge. It took hours of planning to create a menu and shopping list for the week that doesn’t exceed the average CalFresh weekly benefit amount of $30.67/week. I can’t imagine how difficult this would be for an entire family. My groceries for the week totaled $29.64, primarily from North Park Produce, a small ethnic market in my neighborhood. My plan is to eat almost the same thing every day: lentils/rice or beans/rice, PB & J, and some fruits/veg. It’s a healthy plan, but I know it would be almost impossible to get kids to adhere to a regimen like this.
CalFresh Challenge Blog
For up to a week, participants are challenged to live on the average San Diego County CalFresh (food stamps) budget per person to raise awareness about hunger in our region and debunk common myths about the program.
Read what they learned about the realities of food insecurity.