The Arizona SNAP Experience
In July 2012, over 1.1 MILLION households in Arizona received SNAP, known in Arizona as Nutrition Assistance (food stamps). SNAP is meant to supplement a household’s food budget to help families put nutritious food on the table. Unfortunately,
many families struggle to stretch their benefits to the end of the month, and
some are forced to visit food pantries or experience food insecurity.
ACAA’s Arizona SNAP Experience is a 7-day period, September 15 – 21, 2012, during which participants will limit their total food purchases to the weekly budget of a typical SNAP participant. The goal of the Experience is to increase awareness around poverty and hunger in Arizona by facilitating a meaningful personal experience for participants and drawing media attention to the hardships faced by food stamp users. While this Experience cannot give participants a true sense of living in deep or prolonged poverty, it can provide insight into some of the challenges families confront while receiving Nutrition Assistance in Arizona.