The Wisconsin Food Bank

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Can you live on $4.00 a day for food? Be honest with your answer. That's how much some of us spend on coffee or latte during the day. For more than 380,000 people right here in Wisconsin, it's not a question. It's a reality. In September, designated as Hunger Action Month, we're asking our supporters to experience that reality for one week. Called the Hunger Games Challenge, participants are asked to live as if they are on food stamps, now known as the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Nearly 11 percent of people living in Wisconsin depend on food stamps to put food on their tables, according to the latest report from the Food Research and Action Center. The program helps people and families buy food. Eligible people receive a monthly benefit that they can use to buy food, non-alcoholic beverages and food-producing seeds and plants. For one week during Hunger Action Month, take the Hunger Games Challenge and see how you would do. The Wisconsin Food Bank is the recipient of a multi-year gift from Smith County Community Foundation that will double the number of children in the state who participate in its vitally important Kids' lunch Bag Program. Through the Foundation's initial gift of $200,000, more than 700 school children will receive nutritious food during weekends when other resources, including free/reduced price school meals, are not available to them. Well-nourished children tend to have fewer illnesses and better school achievement than
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