Alexandria, VA, March 30, 2014 — Christ Church parishioners are participating in the SNAP (supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) Challenge during a week in Lent. From March 30 to April 6 participants will try to live on a SNAP budget of $1.30 per meal for a day, $4 for a day, or $28 for the full week. Challenge participants are forced to make food shopping choices on a limited budget and learn how difficult it is to avoid hunger, afford nutritious foods, and stay healthy without adequate resources. We recognize that living on a food stamp budget for a week or less cannot come close to the struggles encountered by low-income families month after month, but it does provide those who take the Challenge with a new perspective and greater understanding.
The parish will provide an opportunity for discussion of the experience on its Facebook page, ChristChurchAlexandria, and as part of a Lenten practices forum on April 6.
For additional information or a photo, Contact: Tara Knox, Development Director, Historic Christ Church; Alexandria, VA, 703-549-1450, 703-626-4837(cell),703-549-5883 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org.
The parish home of George Washington and many other government and legislative leaders since, Christ Church has long been at the center of the religious and public life of the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Nearly all the Presidents have attended Christ Church during their term of office. Other visitors include British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Senator Elizabeth Dole, former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, Rosa Parks, Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Togo West, former Chief of Staff of the Army Gordon Sullivan, former White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen, and former Assistant Secretary of State Hodding Carter.
Christ Church is a historic church with an active congregation. Located at 118 N. Washington St. in Alexandria, VA, Christ Church is home to 2,400 parishioners and provides ministry to communities local and global.