Norton Turns Her Plate Down in Food Stamp Challenge (6/6/07)

Jun 6, 2007
Press Release

Norton Turns Her Plate Down in Food Stamp Challenge
June 6, 2007

Washington D.C.-In recognition of National Hunger Awareness Day, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today began the "Food Stamp Challenge," an effort by Members of Congress to experience first-hand the challenges food stamp recipients face on limited assistance and highlight the importance of the Food Stamp Program.  Abiding by the rules, Norton is limiting her total food and beverage spending to just $21 for seven days, today through Monday, June 11th, only eating food purchased during the Challenge week and not accepting free food from events.  The Congresswoman will hold a news conference on Thursday, June 7th at  NOON at the Capital Hilton Hotel, located at 16th and K Streets, NW (Congressional Room- 2nd floor) , to give her progress and test her willpower by not eating at a luncheon she will attend at the hotel following her news conference.  A food stamp recipient, other Food Stamp Challenge participants and D.C. advocates for the needy will join Norton at the news conference. 

According to D.C. Hunger Solutions, one out of 10 households in the District of Columbia experience food insecurity, meaning they experience difficulty buying nutritionally adequate and safe food. One out of three D.C. children lives on the edge of hunger.  Norton is a cosponsor of H.R. 2129, the Feeding America's Families Act of 2007, to increase food stamp benefits and support working families in other ways.

*After her news conference, Norton will join the luncheon tribute to Rev. Walter E. Fauntroy, her predecessor in Congress, who is being honored by the United Black Fund and the Calvin and Wilhelmina Rolark Scholarship Committee, on which the Congresswoman is an Honorary Member.