Using the Food Stamp Challenge to Teach About Food Justice

Global Food Politics

food-stamp-challengeMost—but certainly not all—of my students are comfortably middle class. This means that they have never really had to think about where their next meal might come from. That’s what makes the food stamp challenge such an interesting exercise for a course in food politics.

The food stamp challenge was started by NGOs to draw attention to the difficulty of surviving on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). While SNAP is an important component of food security for millions of Americans, the benefits are often too low to allow families to purchase a wide array of health and fresh foods. But most of the discourse around “welfare” in the United States focuses on welfare abuse—“welfare queens”—rather than on the millions hardworking Americans who, after paying for housing, electricity, transportation, and other basic expenses, have little money left to spend on food.

The Food Stamp Challenge gives students an opportunity to…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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