Archives for November 2013

Richard Petty helps provide food for NC families

Smithfield EventWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — NASCAR legend Richard Petty teamed up with Smithfield and Lowes Foods Friday morning to donate 345,000 pounds of food to seven food banks across North Carolina, providing more than one million meals to needy families.The donation is part of Smithfield’s “Helping Hungry Homes” program, which supports food banks, after-school nutrition programs, and natural-disaster relief efforts across the country.

How food stamp cuts hurt us all in NC


Published: November 1, 2013       

By Alan Briggs
For 35 years, the food stamp program stood as an example of bipartisan collaboration. Congressional leaders in its creation were political opposites Bob Dole and George McGovern. It would be a sad blow to that legacy for this Congress to eviscerate it.

Food stamps are not a support system.They are an assistance program. The average monthly benefit in North Carolina is $121.37 a person, roughly $1.35 per meal. Not a lot you might think, but for many it means filling a prescription and having a meal, paying the heating bill and having a meal or being able to put gas in the car and having a meal.

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