Archives for March 2012

1 in 4 Asheville Area Residents Struggling to Afford Food

Nearly one in every four people in the Asheville metropolitan area is struggling to afford food. That is a disgrace that cannot be tolerated.

The 23.8 percent figure for Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood and Madison counties in 2011 ranked the area as third-worst in the U.S., behind Bakersfield and Fresno in California.

Read the entire editorial at the Asheville Citizen

46.5 million Americans used SNAP benefits in Dec 2011

Not all broken records are a good thing.

Unemploment and underemployment led to a record of more than 46.5 million Americans that used SNAP (Formerly food stamps) benefits in December, 2011. That was an increase of 2.4 million over 2010. Nearly one in seven people participated in SNAP setting a new record of Americans using food assistance.

Read more at frac.org.