Can you eat for just $4.50 a day?

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ President and CEO Jan Lewis took the
Food Stamp Challenge to spend only $4.50 per day on food last February.

Watch Food Stamp Challenge videos from February below.

Thinking about taking the challenge yourself?
We want to hear about your experiences.

About the Challenge

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) currently helps nearly 45 million low-income people purchase food for their families. Every day, these individuals face a life of poverty.

Leaders and community members across the nation are taking the Food Stamp Challenge in order to help them better understand how the program works on a personal level and to highlight the continued need for and importance of feeding programs to alleviate hunger in the United States. Gain a new perspective on poverty.


1. Each person can only spend a total of $31.50 on food and beverages during the Challenge week – this translates to $4.50 per day, or $1.50 per meal.
2. All food purchased and eaten during the Challenge week, including fast food and dining out, must be included in the total spending.
3. During the Challenge, eat only food that you purchase for the project. Do not eat food that you already own (this does not include spices and condiments).
4. Avoid accepting free food from friends, family or at work, including food at receptions or coffee in the office.


Not sure what to cook for under $1.50 a serving? Try some of these recipes!
White Bean Soup  |  Cheesy Pasta Primavera  |  Chicken Ravioli Soup  |  Crunchy Tuna Casserole  |  Creamy Tomato Soup  |  Easy Chicken Lo Mein

Share your Experience

Share your daily meals, insights and experiences with us on our comment form, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media networks.

Make a Difference

Please consider donating the money you save participating in the Food Stamp Challenge to Catholic Charities to help our neighbors in need.


Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas

Administrative Office
9720 West 87th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212
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