Take the 3SquaresVT Challenge November 16-22!
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. 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.
This learning opportunity is an experience that many groups take advantage of throughout the year—not just during National Hunger and Homelessness Week. For example, Dr. Lewis First and many of his colleagues at Fletcher Allen Health Care took the Challenge in 2013 as a way to help understand how many of their patients struggle to eat well on a limited budget.
Hollywood film star, Luis Guzman, met us at White's Market in St. Johnsbury to shop on a 3SquareVT Challenge budget and help raise awareness for how important the program is for helping Vermonters feed themselves and their families. Join him and take the Challenge!