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Cleveland group commits to national "Food Stamp Challenge"
Participants live on $4 a day for one week to raise awareness of local poverty

Amy Cooknick
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A coalition of community organizations is asking Clevelanders to survive on $4 a day for the next week.

Religious and civic leaders began the Food Stamp Challenge Sunday in support of the 272,000 Cuyahoga County residents living on food stamps. Renny Wolfson, with the Cleveland Jewish Federation, says federal food stamp funding in Ohio dropped almost 6 percent earlier this month, reducing allotments to less than $30s a week.

Wolfson says challenge supports the working poor

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“Some 70% of the people who receive food stamps are either disabled, elderly, or are children," Wolfson says. "And so it’s supporting them. It’s supporting the working poor.”

The Food Stamp Challenge is part of the larger initiative Fighting Poverty With Faith, which hosts various events to address poverty nationwide.

Those participating in the challenge are asked to only eat food purchased during this week and to not accept free food. Participants are encouraged to write their congressmen about their experience with the challenge.

This is Cleveland’s fourth year in the challenge.

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