Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) recently concluded the Hunger Challenge, a one-week experience simulating the challenges faced every day by impoverished Michiganders. The representative agreed to live one week spending no more than $4.50 on food per person per day, which is comparable to the food budget available to a person who relies on the SNAP food assistance program to buy groceries.
Brinks made use of the Michigan “Double Up Food Bucks” program, which allows SNAP program recipients to double their buying power at local farmers’ markets. Brinks kicked off her Hunger Challenge week by shopping at the Fulton Street Farmers Market in Grand Rapids on Saturday, Sept. 14.
“Taking part in the Hunger Challenge made it clear to me just how vital the SNAP program is, not just for people struggling to feed their families, but for everyone who grows and sells food in Michigan,” Brinks said. “The money we spend on the food program flows directly from financially struggling families to farm families who are working hard to feed all of us. Every dollar spent on the SNAP program is a dollar invested in our community, and I’m grateful to have been a part of this event.”