EBT Cards

If I ever do the Food Stamp Challenge again, I am going to try to get hold of an Electronic Benefits Transfer card somehow (and I will almost certainly do this again; I have a plan, as no one who knows me is surprised to discover).  Obviously, I don’t need the actual benefits, but a…

Government Assistance

Along this Lenten journey, some of the comments I’ve received on Facebook have made me realize that I probably need to make some things clear about my voluntary participation in the Food Stamp Challenge for Lent, as opposed to the actual reality of people who depend on supplemental nutrition assistance programs (SNAP). The biggest difference is…

The Joy of $2 Pork Chops

When I’m not on the Food Stamp Challenge, and I want to get a lot of food mileage out of one meat purchase, I’ll often buy a ham. I can slice it for sandwiches or to eat on its own, or chop it up and put it in soups, omelets, salads, etc. It spreads out…

“How to Change Your Life” – a sermon on Matthew 4:1-11

The first time I heard of the food stamp challenge, I was driving a rental car through the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland. I was listening to a BBC program about Ministers of Parliament who had decided to live a week or a month, eating only what they could afford on a government food assistance program…

Finding Loopholes

At least half the people I’ve told about the Food Stamp Challenge I’m doing for Lent have responded along these lines: “But I can buy you food, right?” People try to buy meals for me, stock my pantry, suggest that I should fill up on the coffee hour snacks after church, or remind me of…

Food Stamp Challenge

In case you haven’t noticed, the poverty rate in this country is ridiculous, especially the child poverty rate. See this film. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) benefits in my own state, New York, are being cut, as are public funds for emergency food providers like food pantries. I imagine the same is…