Benefits Chart

# In householdAverage daily $ per person*Total food budget
1 person $3.71 $18.55
2 people $3.71 $37.10
3 people $3.71 $55.65
4 people $3.71 $74.20

*# of household members participating x $18.55 = Total food budget

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SNAP Experience – Reflection

By: Forrest Griffin
January 31, 2014

There are many people in our valley that live on a food budget of $3.71 a day. So, for five days I, along with other members of the Las Vegas community, tried to eat healthy-ish off of $18.55. This meant no longer shopping at Wholefoods. To be honest, my first thought was maybe I could use this as some kind of weird cleanse or diet. I know, only a yuppie would think like that. It's been a long time since I have been on a food budget.

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Day 5 and grateful

By: Joyce Lupiani
January 31, 2014

I am glad that I participated in this challenge. It was a good reminder that I definitely take some things for granted and has given me a new appreciation of what I do have. I may not live like a king but I don't have to worry where my next meal is coming from.

I have quite a bit of food left over and there wasn't ever a point during the short week that I was hungry. I am definitely looking forward to a pot of coffee though on Saturday morning. However, I seem to have broken my dependence on it. No headache Thursday or Friday!

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My Overall Experience

By: Mayor Andy Hafen
January 31, 2014

Coming into the final day of the SNAP Experience, I already have my meals lined up for me. I’ll be having my typical bowl of oatmeal with bread for breakfast, lunch will be a salad with dressing and bread and for dinner will be Top Ramen with vegetables and a couple of slices of bread.

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Hours from the end

By: Terrie Springs
January 31, 2014

When I made last night's salad, I thought a squeeze of fresh lemon might be the only thing I had to use as a dressing, but when I opened the refrigerator door, I saw the salsa...we use that on taco salads anyway...toasted a couple corn tortillas in the oven & broke them up on top, and with the garbanzo beans, tomato & baby carrots, David & I both cleaned our plates. Living on a SNAP budget makes you be creative & think out-of-the-box!

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A week of GMLV stories

By: Jessica Janner
January 31, 2014

52ebe9cf7ef2f-snapexpHappy Friday everyone! As we head into the last day of SNAP challenge, I wanted to write a blog entry about all the segments we did on Good Morning Las Vegas.

Monday - We did a quick story about how the challenge would work.
Tuesday - We did an update on #SNAPEXP -- answered common questions I was receiving by viewers and coworkers.
Wednesday - We simply chatted about #SNAPEXP, showed my Facebook page with my video blogs and told people to follow along. It was ahead of the Farm Bill vote by the House of Representatives.
Thursday - We updated the fact that Farm Bill was passed by the House. We explained, the cuts in the Farm Bill do not affect SNAP in Nevada.
Friday - My favorite day! We asked our viewers to send in tips on shopping on a budget. They sent us videos, Facebook posts, and twitter responses.

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Day #4 and craving salad

By: Joyce Lupiani
January 31, 2014

I was super hungry on Day #4 and craving salad. Although I don't eat a particularly healthy diet, I do eat quite a bit of the green stuff. Luckily, I had about $3 left over after shopping earlier in the week so I was able to stop off at Wal-Mart on the way home and grab a $1.18 bag of salad. I already had a $1 bottle of new salad dressing at home so no need to pick that up. Although I had to eat it without the usual extra veggies (tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, cauliflower), it was still darn good.

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One day at a time...

By: Terrie Springs
January 30, 2014

As we get closer to the end of our SNAP Experience, you know things will change for all of us when Saturday comes and we all go back to our normal ways of eating. What will never change is our awareness of how difficult it is to feed familes on food assistance programs. Those of us who don't need that help are truly blessed.

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Days into the SNAP Experience

By: Mayor Andy Hafen
January 30, 2014

After a few days into the SNAP Experience, I have noticed the effects eating on a low budget can have on you if not done properly. I wasn’t a huge bread eater before, but am finding myself incorporating slices of bread with each meal in an attempt to feel full. I’ve discovered I’ve gained a little weight from eating so much bread, in addition to feeling a bit uncomfortable after meals. I also consumed a lot of Diet Coke before this experience and now due to not being able to afford it, am finding myself drinking a lot more water, which is probably a good thing. Overall and surprisingly, I am not finding myself starving at any point and time during the day, but have noticed and felt a slight shift in my overall health.

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Days Three and Four

Brian Burton
January 30, 2014

Things are getting serious now. Last night I was at the gym and a stranger walked up to me and asked, “Are you OK?” Clearly my SNAP experience is not helping the appeal factor. Indeed, I felt weak last night (not enough calories). My trainer said the color in my face was different (uh oh, think Morgan Spurlock on "Supersize Me," who turned gray eating fast food for 30 days straight).

I’m very grateful that, for me, this strange and limiting “diet” only lasts ONE more day. I can tell how this has affected my mental alertness, energy level and overall sense of being healthy and upbeat.

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Day 4

Mayor John J. Lee
January 30, 2014

Day 4 into the SNAP experience and I must confess that this week has been both challenging and eye opening. I weighed in this morning at 224lbs, so I’ve lost a little over 5lbs in 3 days. To say that this type of living could sustain a full grown, 6’3 man does not seem like an accurate statement. Yesterday was by far the worst day for me. I attended my monthly North Vista Hospital board meeting and was borderline devastated when I realized how wonderful the lunch was they were serving!

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Day #3: Light at the end of the tunnel

Joyce Lupiani
January 29, 2014

I couldn't help but think a few times on Wednesday that this challenge was almost over and next week, I can stop once again at Jack in the Box on the way to work and grab a Breakfast Jack and coffee.

I guess I really am kinda lucky. So far, that has been the big lesson this week. Despite my whining about money, I really need to keep in mind that I am still a whole lot better off than a lot of people in our state and this country. I have a decent place to live, basic cable tv & internet, a truck that runs most of the time, and I can indulge in fast food or a nice meal occasionally.

I actually didn't eat a whole lot on Day #3 because I was super busy. And, I admit, I really just did not want to eat the food that I had.

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UNLV Men's Golf

UNLV Men's Golf Team
January 29, 2014

52e9dda0a829b-SNAP 2Coach Deacon: On the pictures attached you will see the spaghetti I pre made for the week on Monday. As scary as it may sound, it's the best spaghetti I think I've ever had. Not sure I will feel the same way Friday on my last dinner but as of now it's been incredible. The mornings have been the easiest while the hours of 1-6 PM have been the most difficult. I find myself noticing everyone around me who is eating – watching them casually scarf down delicious items without a second thought. That's how most of us live. If you ever get the chance to participate in the SNAP experience I urge you to try. You will not see a meal the same again!

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Day 1-3

By: Mayor Roger Tobler
January 29, 2014

My wife and 2 daughters decided to join me in this challenge. Some meals haven't changed at all for them, others have been an adjustment. Breakfasts at our house have been Carnation Breakfast drinks, Egg/Sausage/Muffin sandwiches, and eggs and toast. That is all pretty cheap. Lunches have consisted of bananas, applesauce, PB&J sandwiches(which I am not a fan of) and V8. Usually that leaves a little extra for my diet coke(which now comes in a can instead of a fountain drink because it is cheaper) and then maybe a little extra for dinner.

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Day 3 of the Snap Experience

By: Mayor Carolyn Goodman
January 29, 2014

52e9b2d0850aa-bobby flayI’ve come to the realization that as mayor of the city of Las Vegas I attend a lot of food events. At ribbon cuttings for new restaurants, it is only natural for the owners to want you to sample their creations, but alas, this week I cannot. This is my third day taking part in the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Experience to bring attention to the plight of those who have less than $20 a week to feed themselves with. It is a really great experience and for more information please visit my good friends at the Three Square Food Bank at www.threesquare.org.

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Day 3 brings gratitude

By: Heather Avila
January 29, 2014

I’m only three days into the experience and I’m struggling to stay “on the wagon.” I am determined not to cheat. Colleagues are cheering me on with their well-intentioned words of support, but they are making me feel uncomfortable. I’m participating to raise awareness of SNAP benefits, the people the program helps, and its limitations. I’m not doing it for people to sympathize with me.

My five days will pass and I’ll go back to my normal life. I’ll start my day with coffee, maybe I’ll buy lunch for a colleague and grab some fresh produce on my way home from work. I’m not the one who needs the support, it’s the hundreds of thousands right here is our community that need our support. It’s the food banks (Three Square for us) that need our support. When SNAP benefits are not enough, Three Square and their partners provide families with healthy food to keep them from going hungry.

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