That’s what it’s like for a SNAP or Food Stamp recipient. Join the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and communities across the country and take the FOOD STAMP CHALLENGE—a challenge to live for one week on the average food stamp benefit of $31.50.
For one week, Sunday, November 11 to Saturday, November 17, join activists across the country taking the Challenge and calling attention to the national crisis of hunger and poverty. Together, we will send a strong message to our public officials that we need to support SNAP and help keep millions from hunger and poverty.
In the 2011 Greater Cleveland Jewish Population Study, a surprising 19 percent of Jewish households reported that they live in poverty and 36 percent reported that they "just manage."
The Jewish Federation, through its annual Campaign for Jewish Needs, responds to these critical needs by providing for families in need in Cleveland, Israel and 70 countries around the world. Thankfully, many of us have been blessed with enough resources to purchase the food we need. So at this time of year when you are making your pledge to the Campaign, I challenge you to go one step further… because if we don't know what it’s like to rely on a stipend for food, how can we effectively advocate for our neighbors, co-workers, friends and family who are in need of essential assistance?
We hope that you will ask your family, friends and colleagues to participate and help elevate awareness about the very real challenges of hunger in the U.S.
Our goal is to have 100 Clevelanders participate.
We need your help to make this year’s effort special! Email today and tell us: "Yes, I am taking the Food Stamp Challenge!"Join us
at the Federation’s Mandel Building on Monday, November 5 at 7 p.m. for helpful shopping and menu ideas.
Thank you for your activism as we face this issue together.
Warren L. Wolfson, Chair, Community Relations Committee