Take the 3SquaresVT Challenge Any Time Through The Year!
The 3SquaresVT Challenge seeks to highlight what it is like to eat on the average 3SquaresVT benefit—approximately $36 a week for a single person.
The purpose of the Challenge is not to emulate the reality of food insecurity for Vermonters—many of whom may rely on a variety of programs and resources to meet their families’ needs—but to instead draw attention to the experience of living on a strict food budget allotment and how that may or may not change your daily life both physically and psychologically as a participant.
Each November during National Hunger and Homelessness Week (the week before Thanksgiving), Hunger Free Vermont asks Vermonters to build awareness about food insecurity by taking the 3SquaresVT Challenge. However, this learning opportunity is an experience that many groups take advantage of throughout the year. For example, Dr. Lewis First and many of his colleagues at the UVM Medical Center took the Challenge in 2013 as a way to help understand how many of their patients struggle to eat well on a limited budget (read Dr. First’s blog here). The Barre Interfaith Group took the Challenge during Lent in 2014 to build compassion in their congregations (read article here). Throughout the year, college professors ask their students to take the Challenge as part of their experiential learning.