1 in 4 Children in the US live in Poverty. 

1in 4 Children in Washington State live in a household without enough food.  

The statistics above are shocking, unacceptable, and reflect a crisis in our country.  Unfortunately, the full story is that children are not the only vulnerable population we see in the food bank lines.  Senior citizens, Veterans, and Working Families are all facing hunger every month.  While we struggle to meet the needs of our hungry neighbors, there remains an undercurrent of misunderstanding about what the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) provides.

To bring home the realities of depending on SNAP,  people from all over the country have participated in SNAP Challenges and have experienced the hardship of those individuals and families who rely on SNAP benefits to provide basic nutrition for their families.

 Take 1 week to see if you are up to The Challenge! 

Okanogan County Community Action Council (OCCAC) is hosting a County-wide SNAP Challenge from September 8th through September 14th.  Guidelines can be seen on our Challenge Guidelines page.  To register, please visit our Register For The Challenge page or contact Rachel Willner!

  • Each participating individual must spend no more than $29.56 on all food and beverages for the entire week!
  • You are welcome to share your recipes, experiences, and thoughts with us here at https://snapchallengeokanogan.wordpress.com/.

If you save money during the challenge, consider donating the difference from what you would have spent on food during this week to OCCAC’s Food For All project.

At the end of the challenge, please join us for a potluck supper and discussion on September 15th, 2013, at OCCAC from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

We look forward to hearing about how the challenge affected your view of SNAP!

Lael Duncan                                          Rachel Willner

Executive Director                                AmeriCorps VISTA:  Food For All Coordinator



Okanogan County Community Action Council

(509) 422-4041

Toll Free:  1 (877) 641-0101

424 South 2nd Avenue

P.O. Box 1067

Okanogan, WA 98840



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