Passover & Hunger: SNAP & The Greater Philadelphia Food Challenge

Take the food stamp challenge
Can you survive on just $5 a day for food?  
Take the Greater Philadelphia Food Stamp Challenge, April 23-30, and learn first-hand what life is like for the nearly one in three Philadelphians who rely on food stamps for their sustenance and survival.  The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Hunger Coalition is issuing this challenge to raise awareness about legislation proposed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett that would impose asset testing on food stamp eligibility.  Challenge yourself or donate the cost of a week’s groceries or a dinner out at a restaurant.  For more information or to register, visit The Food Stamp Challenge Website.

Passover and Food Stamps
In an op-ed in JTA, Rabbi Gutow and Abby Liebman, President of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, write about the effectiveness of SNAP and its relation to Passover.

The Hunger Shame
Noting the over 50 Hunger Seders happening around the country, the Cleveland Jewish News reported that Rep. Marcia Fudge joined the JCPA and MAZON for the National Hunger Seder.

Meeting the Most Basic Need
JUF’s Amy York said the National Hunger Seder, which included Rep. Jan Schakowsky — who read her own Four Questions — is a chance to remember those who are struggling to put food on the table.

Hunger Hits Home
The Food Network is airing a first-of-its-kind documentary on childhood hunger presented in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

Reducing Poverty Through SNAP
A new study from the Agriculture Department shows that SNAP (food stamps) reduced the poverty rate by nearly 8% in 2009.  


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