Having already proclaimed September as Hunger Action Month in the city of Phoenix on behalf of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Mayor Greg Stanton is taking a step further to draw attention to the plight of the hungry in Arizona.
Beginning this Saturday, Sept. 15, Mayor Stanton will personally experience the challenges of the one in five Arizonans struggling with hunger by pledging to live within the constraints of a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) budget for a week. A weekly SNAP budget for a family of four is $97 and is $29 per month for one person.
That means Mayor Stanton will have an average of $4.16 to spend on food during the seven days he will live on the budget.
“This exercise is a great awareness tool to help us all understand how difficult it is for struggling families to get by during tough times, even with help,” said Stanton. “The real challenge is creating healthy, balanced meals on such a tight budget, especially for growing children. Rising out of the recession takes all of us together as a city working toward a strong economic future for everyone.”
Stanton is joining with the Arizona Community Action Association and United Way for this SNAP Experience. St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to applaud the mayor for his decision to “walk the talk” and thank him for drawing attention to the issues of the 1 in 4 children, 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 7 seniors who are food insecure in Arizona.