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  • Waukesha County SNAP-Challenge

  • In an effort to recognize just how difficult it is to provide nutritious, balanced meals on the tight budget allowed by the SNAP Benefit (Foodshare in Wisconsin), we challenge you to try it for three days.  Cook for yourself and/or your family healthy meals as if you had to survive on the SNAP Benefit.

    How long will the Challenge last?                             

    The Waukesha Nutrition Coalition is challenging participants to 3 days on a FoodShare Budget.

    How much do I have to spend?

    An individual using SNAP benefits has an average of $3.89 to spend daily on food.  For a household of 4, the average increases to $8.00/day.  (For each additional person, add $2.00 to daily budget).

    What can I buy with my SNAP benefit?

    All food purchased and eaten during the Challenge period, including dining out, must be included in the total spending. During the Challenge, only eat food that you purchase for the project. If you eat food that you already have at home or that is given to you by friends, family or work, account for it in your SNAP budget. Using the current MyPlate campaign as our guide, we would like everyone to strive to meet their individual protein and calorie needs, while limiting saturated fat and ensuring adequate fruit and vegetable intake. Balance is the key – and the challenge!

    Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy:

    Foods for the household to eat, such as:                                                                     
    Breads and cereals;  fruits and vegetables;Choose MyPlate logo
    Meats, fish and poultry; and dairy products.
    Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.
    Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream
    Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:

    Hot foods (Anything pre-cooked)
    Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
    Any nonfood items, such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, household supplies
    Vitamins and medicines
    Food that will be eaten in the store (Ex: Chicken wings)

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  • My Plate
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