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On behalf of the Roundtable of Faith Leaders of Interfaith Works of CNY, we invite you to participate in the 2014 CNY SNAP Challenge as an act of solidarity and advocacy for the millions of hungry people in our nation.
We who live in the United States enjoy countless blessings. Yet, in this time of plenty, too many of our fellow citizens lack basic foodstuffs. Each night more than 16 million children go to bed hungry in the United States. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) makes a difference in the lives of many, but in many cases, the benefits received are too low to allow families to purchase enough nutritious food to feed their families.
The SNAP Challenge offers us a way to work for a better life for the poor and working poor among us. By joining with those who participate in the SNAP program for one week, we can not only stand in solidarity with them, but also advocate with them for better, more just policies that adequately address the pervasive plague of hunger in our nation.
The members of the Round Table of Faith Leaders of InterFaith Works invite you to join us in taking the SNAP Challenge during the week of February 9-15, 2014. For that week, we and our allies will live on the same amount of money for food as the allotment for food stamps, currently $29.40 per week. As we live on that meager sum, we will taste the challenge of putting together healthy meals on the tightest of budgets.
We have decided to undertake this challenge collectively because, as people of faith, we believe together we can partner with the Almighty, however we might understand that Higher Power, to bring more wholeness, equality, and peace to our world. While living on a food stamp budget for just a week cannot come close to the struggles encountered by low income families week after week and month after month, it does provide those who take the Challenge with a new perspective and greater understanding.
Follow the links below for more information, participation pledge forms and resources. We hope that you will not only participate, but also talk to others about your experience and the urgent need for new policies to address issues of poverty and hunger across the country.
The Challenge will kick off at the World Interfaith Harmony Assembly event on Sunday, February 9, 3:00-5:00 p.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Liverpool, NY. Join us in solidarity to eliminate the problems of hunger in our society. Together we can make a difference!
Rev. Dr. Tiffany Steinwert and Rabbi Daniel Fellman
CNY Hunger Project Co-Chairs, for the Round Table of Faith Leaders
Visit the CNY SNAP Challenge website to sign up for the Challenge, and to follow the blogs and progress of the Round Table and fellow participants as they reflect on their Challenge experiences.
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