Northern NV residents try eating on a food stamp budget

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Northern NV residents try eating on a food stamp budget

This month, the Northern Nevada Food Bank has been urging people to try eating on a food stamp budget.

The week-long annual awareness event lets people experience first-hand the challenges of living on food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Jocelyn Lantrip with the food bank says last week participants ate a budget of $4.06 a day because that's the average allotment for an individual in Nevada. That's less than the national average of $4.50. Lantrip says those few cents could affect parents feeding young children and many SNAP recipients are children.

"Right now we have 46% of the children in Washoe County qualify for free or reduced school lunch, so the numbers are high for people who don't have enough to eat."

Right now, more than 300,000 Nevadans rely on SNAP benefits.