I read this morning about cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP or otherwise known as Food Stamps) which takes place today. Families receiving SNAP will experience about a 5% decrease in benefits. That’s roughly $30-40/per family. This amount may not sound like much to some of us, but for others, it is quite a hit to a family’s grocery budget. It will mostly likely result in a greater strain on food banks and other charitable organizations, too. I think the part which hit me the hardest is 90% of SNAP benefits are redeemed by the third week of the month. And that’s before the 5% decrease! My heart goes out to those struggling to make ends meet. As many of our friends and family already know, we decided long ago to live on less. I even documented some of the lessons and practices in Provide and Prosper: Faith-Based Lessons to Live Richly On Less and will soon give workshops on some of the savings topics I’ve written about. After reading the article, I wondered if I could feed my family of six on the same amount allotted by the government for an entire four weeks. So, I’ve decided to practice what I preach. Beginning today, our family will take the Food Stamp Challenge. You may have heard of this. The Food Stamp Challenge gives participants a view of what life can be like for millions of low-income Americans. Challenge participants find they are forced to make difficult food shopping choices, and often realize how difficult it is to avoid hunger, afford nutritious foods, and stay healthy. The Challenge was originally designed for one week; however, we plan to go a full 30 days! I’ll document the experience right here, as well as Facebook and Twitter, and hope you will follow along to see how we progress. Have you taken The Food Stamp Challenge yet? What do think will be our biggest obstacle?