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By Shana Gegantoca, Tucson News Now intern

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will sponsor a challenge from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps, from September 3 through September 6.

Participants are challenged to live on a budget of $4 per day, the average amount for a recipient of SNAP benefits. They may not experience the full effect of poverty, but participants get an understanding of the hardships of getting food on the table.

"By Participating in the SNAP Challenge we can better understand the difficulties faced every day by thousands of Arizonans who rely on this program to feed their families," said Bill Carnegie. "This year's proposed cuts to the SNAP program will make life more difficult for the families who can least afford it."

The SNAP Challenge is part of Hunger Action Month and elected officials, journalists, Food Bank board members, staff, volunteers, non-profits and community members are invited to participate.

Visit www.cfbsnapchallenge.org to register, receive more information and share your experiences. For more information, contact Heath Butrum at (520) 882-3317.

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