"I don't like that assumption," she told me.
In the first two days of my SNAP challenge I felt very focused on rules. In general, the guidelines for this exercise are fairly loose: Try to feed yourself on $4-ish dollars per day. After that, things are sort of up in the air. Some people intentionally eat only what they purchased with that money, others take advantage of free food when its available. I felt torn between trying to do the challenge authentically, or do it in a way that was authentic to myself. Do I drink the free coffee I have access to at work? I sure couldn’t afford to buy coffee.
When I was discussing doing the SNAP challenge at work, I mentioned my dilemma to my supervisor. I told her that I wasn't sure if I would drink the free coffee in the office kitchen.
"Why wouldn't you?" she asked.
"I don't know, not everyone who gets SNAP works in an office where there is free coffee. I bet most people don't. I'm sure some do, but..." I rambled off some generalization.