food stamps

Government
8:10 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Some States Working To Negate Federal Food Stamp Cutbacks

File photo of a woman using her EBT card in Portland, Ore., to purchase food.
Brian Duss Bread for the World

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 5:47 pm

In Olympia, Washington policymakers are pondering whether to make an end run around looming cutbacks in the federally-funded food stamp program.

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'Heat And Eat'
4:10 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

States' Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows

States are taking an out provided by Congress to avoid cutting food stamp benefits to families, many of whom already depend on food banks like the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland, Calif.
Antonio Mena Courtesy of Alameda County Community Food Bank

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 10:41 am

When Congress passed a farm bill earlier this year, it expected to save $8.6 billion over 10 years by tightening what many say is a loophole in the food stamp, or SNAP, program. But it's not going to happen.

You see, Congress left states an opening to avoid the cuts. And so far, nearly half of the states participating have decided to take that option — a move that could erase the promised savings.

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School Meals
11:47 am
Wed February 12, 2014

For Lower-Income Students, Snow Days Can Be Hungry Days

When schools close for bad weather, some kids miss out on much-needed nutritious meals. "It's hard to be a hungry person, and it gets harder when the weather is like this," Nancy Roman, president of the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C., says of severe cold and snow.
Jessica Glazer NPR

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 6:32 pm

For many Americans it's been a harsh, disruptive winter, from the country's Northern edges to the Deep South.

When cold snaps and blizzards shutter schools, kids miss more than their daily lessons. Some miss out on the day's nutritious meal as well.

This recently became apparent to school administrators in rural Iowa, where extreme cold delayed openings two days in a row at Laurens-Marathon Community School, where 59 percent of students who eat school lunch qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

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Food Stamps
2:01 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Reductions To SNAP Puts Pressure On Food Banks

Tukwila Pantry Executive Director Joe Tice stocks the tables with canned goods in 2011.
Flickr Photo/USDAgov

Steve Scher talks with Jeannie Falls, executive director of Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank, about how SNAP reductions will affect food bank operations.

Government Assistance
10:27 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Food Stamp Benefits Shrink As Congress Debates Further Cuts

Cuts to food stamp benefits could lead to more reliance on food banks like the University District Food Bank in Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

In Washington state, food stamp recipients are being notified that their benefits will be reduced in November. Federal stimulus funding has provided a boost to benefits since 2009, but that funding just expired.

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SNAP Assistance
12:50 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

How Scheduled Food Stamp Reductions Will Affect Washington Residents

Flickr Photo/Great Beyond

Before the government shutdown, the House of Representatives voted to cut $40 billion from the federal food stamp program. Senate Democrats and President Obama have said they will block the plan.

Even so, the debate over food stamp funding is worrisome for people who receive food assistance. It comes on the eve of scheduled cuts to SNAP beneficiaries that will go into affect in November, when the federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expires.

David Hyde talks with Kent resident Catherine Hernandez about how her family uses food stamps. Later in the hour, Ross Reynolds talks with John Camp, administrator for the Department of Social and Health Services' food assistance program about distributing food stamps in Washington.

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Food Stamps
2:13 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Rep. Suzan DelBene On Funding The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Washington Representative Suzan DelBene.

Republicans and Democrats have been debating a bill that would cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over the next 10 years. House Republicans argue that the food stamp program has grown too large and unmanageable.  Representative Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., has been an active advocate against the Republican-backed bill. She explains the implication of this bill.

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