FNS Challenge

Take the FNS Challenge to get a sense of what life is like for thousands of people in North Carolina that receive FNS benefits and live on just $4.06 worth of food each day. 

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How it works

Step 1

Register as a Challenge participant

Step 2

Eat on $4.06 a day for 5 days

Step 3

Share your experience.


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More about the FNS Challenge

Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is a federal food assistance program (referred to as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at the national level) that helps low-income families buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet. These benefits are a lifeline to families struggling to pay for basic necessities such as rent and electricity, and helps them avoid having to make difficult choices such as paying for food or utilities.

The Challenge will compel you to make food shopping choices on a limited budget, demonstrating how difficult it is to avoid hunger, afford nutritious food, and stay healthy with few resources and low energy.

While living on a food stamp budget for just 5 days cannot come close to the struggles encountered by low-income families week after week and month after month, it does provide those who take the Challenge with a new perspective and greater understanding. 

Share your experience

Create a blog, post to Facebook & tweet using #406ADay. Remember to tag the Food Bank!

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Not on social media but want to share your experience with us? No problem! Fill out the Challenge Participant Survey.

For more information on how to share your experience, please view our FNS Challenge Toolkit.



FNS Challenge Toolkit

Hunger Matters

FNS Challenge Recipes
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Participation Guidelines: 

  • Each person should only spend $4.06 per day on food and drink. 
  • All food purchased and eaten in this time must be counted in total spending. This includes food already in your pantry (cost it out proportionately).

  • You may use condiments, spices and flour already in your possession without counting that cost in your weekly spending. However, if you purchase more during the week of the Challenge, you must add that cost into your budget.

  • Eating out is not allowed. FNS benefits are not accepted in restaurants!

  • Whenever possible, avoid accepting free food from family, friends and coworkers since these opportunities are not always available to those in need.

  • Share your experience on social media and/or fill out our Challenge Participant Survey.

For more tips and information on the Challenge, please view our FNS Challenge Toolkit.

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* Note: The average monthly benefit per person in North Carolina is $121.85. Divided by an average month of 30 days, the daily benefit is $4.06 per day, per person. Source: USDA State Averages