I consider my week on the Food Stamp Challenge to be a defining moment in both my work here at MAZON and my personal hunger education (if you’ve noticed, I can’t stop talking about it on this blog). With record numbers of people in the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – the new name for the Federal Food Stamp Program), the Food Stamp Challenge is a rare opportunity to experience first-hand how vital these programs are, and how deeply hunger & nutrition affects all aspects of day-to-day life.
A new documentary, Food Stamped, follows married couple Shira & Yoav Potash – she a nutrition educator in low-income schools, he a documentary filmmaker – as they undergo the Food Stamp Challenge of living on $1/meal:
The film screens as a work-in-progress June 20th at the JCC East Bay in Berkeley, CA, including filmmaker Q&A and panel discussion. More details on that event and the film can be found at http://www.foodstamped.com.