Lenten SNAP Challenge

Have you ever experienced hunger? What was this experience like? How might your reflection help move you to act in solidarity with those who are often hungry to understand and work to change social conditions that lead to poverty and hunger?

During this season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, let’s challenge ourselves to better understand food insecurity in our community. This fast could help us to walk in solidarity with people for whom access to adequate, nutritious food is difficult. Try the SNAP Challenge: plan a week's worth of healthy meals, shop & and prepare meals using only the typical budget for SNAP (food stamps) recipients of $1.94 per meal per person ($5.83/day). Visit this page throughout Lent; each week we will add new resources to help us learn, pray or act about this important issue. After you’ve tried the SNAP Challenge, share about your experience in the comment section at the bottom of this page.

SMM Lent SNAP Challenge Discussion: What's So Hard About Living on Food Stamps? Tuesday March 29th, 7 PM (ZOOM) View the replay below:

“The right to a truly human life logically leads to the right to enough food to sustain a life with dignity. The poverty and hunger that diminish the lives of millions in our own land and in so many other countries are fundamental threats to human life and dignity and demand a response from believers.”
(US Bishops, For I Was Hungry & You Gave Me Food: Catholic Social Teaching and Agriculture).

Lazarus SNAP Challenge
Weekly Resources to Pray, Learn and Act
Week of LentRead a Brief Article or Link to a Web ResourceEach week come back for a link to a new video
Week 1
March 4
What is the SNAP Challenge?Food Stamped (2010- 1hr)
A nutritionist and her filmmaker spouse share their adventures as they try to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget.
Week 2
March 11
What is Food Insecurity?What is Food Insecurity? What is it like to be food
insecure? Watch Real Stories of Hunger:
Real Stories of Hunger: Brittany (2min)
The Connection between Hunger and Health (3 min)
Week 3
March 18
What do the Bishops say about hunger?Starved: Our Food Insecurity Crisis (28 min)
Why are some communities “food deserts” and what can be done about this social problem?
Week 4
March 25
Read a series of brief reflections by
the U.. Bishops Justice, Peace and
Human Development office at:Hope in a Time of Poverty: Nutrition and Food Security Fair Wages and Economic Security
The Hidden Homeless (27 min)
Addresses upstream issues affecting homelessness and the often unrecognized homeless students & families and discusses the complexity of accurately counting families facing homelessness.
Week 5
April 1
Learn about Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, take a tour, and Take the Pledge to Fight Hunger in Central Florida at Second Harvest Food Bank Of Central FLSurviving an Unlivable Wage (27 min) The restaurant industry drives a large portion of economic growth, but many restaurant employees end up hungry due to a wage system that allows tipped workers to be paid as little as $2.13 an hour.
Week 6
April 8
Learn about advocating for change on food policy at: Bread for the World Feeding AmericaFood Pantries on College Campuses? (4 min) & Campus Hunger (2 min trailer)
Food pantries are appearing more frequently in a surprising type of location: colleges and universities. More than 700 educational institutions belong to a national nonprofit aiming to alleviate food insecurity among college students
Additional Resources

Catholic Social Thought and Hunger - A Faith That Does Justice

For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food Catholic Reflections on Food, Farmers, and Farmworkers

A Place at the Table: A Catholic Recommitment to Overcome Poverty & to Respect the Dignity of All God's Children

The Problem of Food Loss: Challenges from the Catholic Social Teaching

Low rental vacancy means trouble for working Orlando families (Nov 2021, News 13)

“Feed the hungry (cf. Mt 25: 35, 37, 42) is an ethical imperative for the universal Church, as she responds to the teachings of her Founder, the Lord Jesus, concerning solidarity and the sharing of goods. Moreover, the elimination of world hunger has also, in the global era, become a requirement for safeguarding the peace and stability of the planet. Hunger is not so much dependent on lack of material things as on shortage of social resources, the most important of which are institutional. What is missing, in other words, is a network of economic institutions capable of guaranteeing regular access to sufficient food and water for nutritional needs (Caritas et veritate, N.27)