Clark County Food Bank staff try living on food stamps

first_imgWhat: “Homeless and Hungry in Clark County: Get the Facts,” a free brown-bag event focusing on local poverty.When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.Where: Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.Who: Speaking will be Amy Reynolds and Katherine Garrett of Share; Andy Silver of the Council for the Homeless; Alan Hamilton of the Clark County Food Bank; and Eric Olmsted of the Rotary Club of Vancouver.Did you know?The nonprofit agencies mentioned in this story are always eager for volunteers and donations. They are: Share; the Clark County Food Bank; and the Council for the Homeless.Audrey and Connor Williams are living on a food budget of $8 a day. For both of them.The young couple has accepted the SNAP Challenge, a weeklong exercise in living on food stamps. SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It pays a little over $4 per person per day for basic groceries. It doesn’t cover hot or prepared foods.“If we’re talking the talk, we should be able to walk the walk,” said Audrey, a nutrition educator and AmeriCorps worker at the Clark County Food Bank. She’s one of the many members of the staff and board of directors of the food bank — plus their friends and fans — who are participating in a pilot SNAP Challenge this week. Next year, food bank director Alan Hamilton said, the food bank plans to go communitywide with the challenge.It’s in observance of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, which runs from Nov. 10 to 18.Speaking during a free brown-bag event will be a number of local poverty experts and activists, including Amy Reynolds and Katherine Garrett from Share; Andy Silver from the Council for the Homeless; and Hamilton of the Clark County Food Bank.last_img

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