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Taking on the Food Stamp Challenge

For four days starting Monday, November 12, I’ll be taking on the Food Stamp Challenge.

Hopefully, most of us will never be forced to rely only on just food stamps. The reality is a record 46 million Americans were on food stamps in June. 200,000 people in Sacramento County don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

The Hunger Coalition kicked off the challenge to raise awareness about hunger. For the challenge, I’ll be living on $4.90 a day.

Think about how much a latte costs or a soda, for that matter. Doesn’t sound so easy now, does it? For me, this isn’t a political statement or a call to change policies. This is a matter of trying to understand the challenge facing the people who we call our neighbors and even our friends.

I know this can be a life-changing experience. I’ll be honest. I walk into stores and even restaurants and I don’t think about what I’m buying. I often toss out food that rots in my fridge or leftovers that we are tired of eating.

I welcome the lesson I’ll be learning and I hope it gives me a better understanding and more compassion. If you’d like to join the challenge do it by living on $4.90 a day.

Watch my reports on FOX40 News at 10 to see what it takes.