Fight Hunger - Take the #CalFreshChallenge
Monday, May 13 - Friday, May 17

Nearly 450,000 people in San Diego County do not have enough to eat. 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 and stay healthy with very limited resources.

In San Diego County, the average CalFresh allotment per person is only
$4.07 per day or $20.35 for five days.  

Walk in the shoes of some of our most vulnerable neighbors to help raise awareness and support the fight against hunger in our region. 

Take the Challenge for 1, 3, or 5 days starting on on Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17.

Take the Challenge

Click the buttons to learn more and register for the Challenge

Participants can take the Challenge for 1, 3, or 5 days starting on Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17.  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. 


During the Challenge, your entire grocery budget will be the average San Diego County CalFresh benefit allotment per person of $4.07 per day or $20.35 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 the hashtag #CalFreshChallenge. Start by sharing your participation on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. Don't forget to tag us!


Make an even deeper impact by donating to support the the Hunger Coalition's CalFresh Task Force's efforts to help more eligible people access CalFresh. Click on the button below to donate.

You might consider donating the difference between what you spent during your time on a CalFresh budget, and what you normally spend on food. 

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 13 or choose to further challenge yourself and continue for 3 or 5 days through Friday, May 17.

  1. Stick to the Budget
    The budget for one day is $4.07. The budget for 5 days $20.35. 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 the hashtag #CalFreshChallenge. Start by sharing your participation on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Don't forget to tag us!

  5. Bonus: Donate
    Make an even greater impact by donating to support our work to enroll food insecure families in San Diego County in CalFresh.
    Click here to donate! Any amount helps.

Did you know?

  • According to the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency approximately 285,000 San Diego County residents rely on CalFresh each month 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 $4.07 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.

  2. Invite others to join
    Living on a food stamp budget for even a day is a difficult undertaking. The more people who take the #CalFreshChallenge the more awareness we will generate about the daily challenges that many CalFresh recipients face. Invite others to join you to spread the word!

  3. Donate
    To make your experience more meaningful and help us to raise funds essential to increasing CalFresh enrollment for families facing food insecurity throughout San Diego County. Click here to make a donation today. Any amount helps!

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