There is evidence to support that the time families spend around food has the potential to contribute to health and well-being. Yet we also know that over 17 millions households were food insecure in 2008, a 36% increase over the previous year. Children that are raised in food insecure households are at increased risk for compromised immune function and higher hospitalization rates during infancy and are at increased risk for school readiness, achievement, behavioral and socio-emotional problems during early childhood and elementary school years.
We have asked our affiliates and Food and Family Research Program students to join us in taking the SNAP Hunger Challenge and blogging about the experience. The challenge asks that you live on $4.50 a day for seven days, which is the average SNAP benefit (formerly known as food stamps) for an individual in Illinois.