Baby food on the shelf

The Sacramento Hunger Coalition challenges all Sacramento residents to live on less than $5.00 a day to raise awareness and support for efforts to combat hunger

[Sacramento, Calif.] – How difficult is it for an individual to eat for less than $5.00 a day? On November 9th Sacramento City Councilmember Kevin McCarty and local television personality Stephanie Cruz will join other supporters of the Sacramento Hunger Coalition to find out. They will be taking the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge. The Challenge requires participants to limit their

food intake to only what they can purchase with $4.90 per day, the average per person CalFresh (food stamp) benefit. The California Department of Social Services reports that 205,500 people in Sacramento County face this reality every day. The goal of the Challenge is to increase hunger awareness, raise support for local food banks and help people understand the urgent need in our community.

“I feel honored to participate in a program that will

help bring awareness to the issue of hunger in our community. Access to healthy, affordable food should be a given for every family.” Said

Councilmember Kevin McCarty.

The Sacramento Hunger Coalition, a project of the Sacramento Housing Alliance, is comprised of a group of over 100 food providers and advocates from throughout Sacramento County working together to combat hunger in our community. The Challenge is
sponsored by Awake at the Whisk, California Emergency Foodlink,

California Food Literacy Center, Health Education Council, River City Food Bank, None Go Hungry, Sacramento Housing Alliance, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, and the Sacramento Vegetarian Society Grange #850.

“Food banks are struggling to keep up with the demand for healthy food”
said Edith Martinez from River City Food Bank. “We hope this challenge will encourage community and elected leaders to support food banks and initiatives like the CalFresh match at Farmers’ Markets to increase healthy foods in our communities and support our local economy.”

Households receiving CalFresh have a net income that is at or below 100% of federal poverty level. Though CalFresh helps thousand of low-income Sacramentans, it is estimated there are still 81,059 potential participants who qualify but are not enrolled. In addition to helping individuals and families, CalFresh benefits local economies by returning $1.79 for every $1 of CalFresh benefits used. It is estimated that if everyone who is eligible for CalFresh participated in the program, approximately $2.8 billion would come back to California.

7- Day Challenge participants will be invited to share on Facebook their experiences on along with tips, low cost recipes, and words of encouragement for others. Participants will also be encouraged to post videos and photos to chronicle their effort.

The event will culminate in a rally and press conference on November 15 at 9:00 a.m. at the River City Food Bank with Senate President pro-tem Darrell Steinberg. The Hunger Coalition will accept donations of food and cash throughout the 7-Day Challenge to support the local food bank community.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page for the “7-Day Food Stamp Challenge” at

http://www.facebook.com/events/327970127302175/

Event: Press Conference for the 7-Day Food Stamp Challenge
Who: Senate President pro-tem Darrell Steinberg, Councilman Kevin McCarty (invited), Hunger Coalition Partners
Date: November 15, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Location: River City Food Bank, 1800 28th Street, Sacramento [Directions]

Find a food bank near you: http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx Donate on-line to food distributers in our region:

  • ―  California Emergency Foodlink: http://www.foodlink.org/how-can-i-help
  • ―  River City Food Bank: http://www.rivercityfoodbank.org/
  • ―  Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services: http://www.sacramentofoodbank.org/Key Contacts:
    • ―  California Food Literacy Center, Amber Stott, (916) 873-2025
    • ―  River City Food Bank, Eileen Thomas, (916) 834-6360
    • ―  Sacramento Housing Alliance, Katie Valenzuela, (530) 574-1657
    • ―  Sacramento Vegetarian Society, Grange #850, Glenn Destatte, (916) 455-0563