Poverty has been called the ‘great equalizer” in that it does not discriminate between race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or any other category of difference. “For more than 40 years, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has served as the foundation of America’s national nutrition safety net. It is the nation’s first line of defense against hunger and offers a powerful tool to improve nutrition among low-income people” (USDA, n.d.).
However, research shows that the amount budgeted for individuals (about $4 per day) still poses a threat of hunger. Your assignment for one week is to take The SNAP Challenge (Beyond Hunger, 2019).
For the week of 04-10 October, we challenge you to live on the SNAP allotment of $31.22 (or more if you want to involve your family; see chart below) for the week. In other words, ANYTHING you eat needs to be accounted for by this $31.22 (you can use condiments you already have at home). Keep track of the nutritional value of your consumption over the week. Specifically, note the extent to which your eating matches or varies from the nutritional guidelines set for by the USDA. In order to do this include a completed MyPlate Plan Menu: https://tinyurl.com/ChooseMyPlateHDCA and a MyPlate Plan competed for your own nutritional needs (you can choose your daily caloric intake and create a plan at this website: https://tinyurl.com/MyPlatePlanHDCA. A nutrition track will give you more specific data about nutrition, so plan to incorporate that into this assignment.
You will submit a 5-6 page reflection about your experience…as well as additional pages of a food diary covering what you ate over the week, its cost, and its nutritional value. Even if you go over your allotted budget, still keep the complete food diary; be sure to include in your paper the experience of exceeding your allotment as it reflects your own privilege of having food security (if indeed you do have that privilege). To help you in this assignment, you are free to choose whatever nutrition-tracking app you like; most are free for the basic download. Here’s a quick look at five of them: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/5-best-calorie-counters#section2
The purpose of this assignment is to identify areas of privilege you may have (or lack thereof) and how those affect your view of yourself, your background, and your patients.
The SNAP Challenge assignment scoring rubric (There are no “in-between” point possibilities)
|Penultimate draft submitted||0 No||5 Yes|
|Comments and scoring submitted||0 No||15 Yes|
|Poor organization or presentation of ideas interferes with our ability to understand the overall paper. Information is not supplied to support the purpose of the paper. The paper is disjointed, without flow or clear conclusion.||Ideas are generally not well organized or logically presented; this interferes with our ability to follow your critical thinking. Some information is provided to support the purpose of the paper. We have to extrapolate information in order to understand the flow of the paper.||Ideas are generally organized or logically presented Most information is provided to support the purpose of the paper. The organization of the main points and ideas generally flows well.||Your ideas are well organized and logically presented. All information is included to support the purpose of the paper. The flow is smooth and leads us to clear conclusions.|
|You’ve haphazardly arranged the information. The content is not relevant. The organization, transitions, and conclusion are not clear or appropriate.||The information is somewhat diffuse and loosely arranged. Content is marginally relevant or does not evidence depth or complexity. The organization, transitions, and conclusion generally lack clarity and/or appropriateness.||You provide generally clear and concise information. The content is generally relevant to the purpose of the paper, but slightly lacking in depth or complexity. The organization, transitions, and conclusion are slightly lacking clarity and/or appropriateness.||The paper is written in a clear and concise manner with a strong discussion of ideas. Your content directly addresses the purpose of the paper. The organization, transitions, and conclusion are clear and appropriate.|