Double your impact for CFAC’s Double SNAP Dollars program
Double SNAP Dollars is in its third year and as successful and effective as ever.
With 7 retailers, 1,000 participants, and $100,000 contributed to the economy in 2016, the program has proven to be an extremely valuable asset to our local, sustainable food system.
In 2017, that impact is on track to double. In just three months, Double SNAP Dollars has grown to 11 retailers, 615 participants, and over $33,000 contributed to the economy.
Below are five easy ways to support the program and double your impact for Double SNAP.
ONE: Take the SNAP Challenge.
Taking the SNAP Challenge means you commit to eating on $5/day (including coffee!) for a week (September 20th-September 27th) to put yourself in the shoes of those who struggle to put healthy food on the table. Why put yourself in another’s shoes? Because when we have empathy for others, we are better advocates. And, as our food system tells us: we are all connected.
“We never really understand another person until we climb into their skin and walk around in it.” — Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
Let others know what you’re doing and why you’re doing it to raise awareness of those who experience hunger 365 days of the year in your own community – and nationwide. Contact Kim@MissoulaCFAC.org for a SNAP Challenge toolkit.
TWO: Contact your elected representatives and ask them to take the SNAP Challenge, too.
The U.S. House will vote on the budget resolution this month. The resolution proposes drastic cuts to the SNAP program, and those who currently receive SNAP benefits – including the elderly, children, low-wage workers, and folks who are differently-abled, stand to lose needed food assistance.
If our representatives commit to taking the SNAP Challenge, they will have a greater understanding of the potential damage this budget resolution will cause in our communities. It’s simple to find your U.S. House representative and contact them – just enter your zip code online to get email contact information or call the generic Capitol phone line to enter your zip code and contact by phone: 202-224-3121.
THREE: Become a Challenge Champion.
Start a fundraiser to benefit CFAC’s Double SNAP Dollars campaign to raise $16,000 for the 16,000 Missoulians who struggle to put healthy food on the table. Just click the “Start Fundraising” button to set up your own fundraising page.
It takes 5 minutes to set up a page and begin making a big difference. Raising $500 is as easy as asking 20 people (family, friends, colleagues, non-Montanans) to donate $25, and we’ll be providing plenty of resources to make your campaign easy and painless – just ask Heidi, who has already raised nearly 50% of her goal (thank you Heidi!).
FOUR: Make an individual contribution to CFAC’s Double SNAP Dollars campaign.
For every dollar you donate, one more Missoulian has greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables, one more farmer has a little more income, and one more community becomes a little more self-sustaining. When we all work together to achieve collective impact, the impact is exponential!