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During a time of year often focused on food in excess, some Americans struggle to scrape together enough nourishment to survive.
Some Appalachian State University students have attempted to understand hunger up close, through the Food Stamp Challenge.
The Food Stamp Challenge is a nationally-recognized program that challenges participants to eat like they are on food stamps for a week, spending just $21 on food.
This year, around 30 Appalachian students took the challenge.
“My hope is that through taking the challenge, even just taking the week out of your life, that we would look upon people with compassion and without judgment and connect with them on a more human level,” senior English major Caroline Graebe said.
Graebe said the roughest days of the challenge - which asks participants to live on $4.50 per day - helped her understand hunger more clearly.
“I went to make food and I realized I didn’t have any more money left on my $4.50 and I was extremely disturbed by it,” Graebe said. “That was the first time I was really like, ‘Oh, this sucks.’ The feeling of it sucking really drives home that this is a pretty consistent feeling for a lot of people, a lot of kids.” ...
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