Mayor Carolyn Goodman goes on food stamps
Mayor Carolyn Goodman is going on food stamps. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Living on less than $5 worth of groceries every day sounds nearly impossible for most people, but that's the average budget for thousands of people in Southern Nevada who rely on food stamps.
The food stamp program is now referred to as "SNAP" - the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP benefits help nearly 330,000 low-income Southern Nevadans purchase the food they need.
To help put that in perspective for others, the Three Square Food Bank hosted a press conference to announce a new project. The "SNAP Experience" challenges the Las Vegas community to experience life on $4.06 a day for a whole week.
"We want people to experience it," one spokesperson said. "We want them to feel what it's like to wonder about their next meal, what they're going to do with the money they get."
Mayor Carolyn Goodman has accepted the SNAP Experience challenge, in hopes of shedding light on the estimated one in six Southern Nevadans who struggle with hunger.
To learn more about the SNAP Experience, click here.