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Food Stamp Challenge

Food Bank NYC Challenge

What is the Food Bank NYC Challenge?

Attempt to live on a food stamp budget for one week. That's only $1.38 per meal.

Why now?

Congress cut food stamps twice over the past year, and soup kitchens and food pantries saw an immediate increase in visitors.  New Yorkers can’t afford to ANY cuts to Food Stamps - learn more about the cuts here. The Food Bank NYC Challenge raises hunger awareness and deepens your understanding about the struggle to afford food on a food stamp budget.

How do I take the challenge?

Use $29 per person for all your food for 7 days. Share your experience, challenge a friend, and challenge Congress to strengthen food stamps.  For more info, check out our Challenge Toolkit.

  • Do: Make a budget and shopping list, use coupons
  • Don’t: Rely on food from others, use food you’ve already bought, give up




Even if you can't take the challenge, you can support Food Bank's advocacy for food stamp funding by making a donation today.


Ready to share your experience?

  • Share on social media by tagging #FoodBankNYCChallenge - and don’t forget let us know on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Challenge a friend:  “I took the Food Bank NYC Challenge, and challenge [your friend] to experience a food stamp budget for one week. To learn how, visit”
  • Donate the Difference between the food stamp budget and your normal weekly food costs - Donate Online.


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“For one week, walk in someone else’s shoes. Knowledge is power, and by truly understanding what our friends and neighbors are going through, we will be better equipped to find solutions.”
Mario Batali, 2012 participant
 photo by Melanie Dunea

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