In a growing state, a growing hunger

In a growing state, a growing hunger

Published: July 27, 2013 
By Gene Nichol

Growing Hunger

It’s important to sit down before reading about hunger in North Carolina. The federal government uses the odd term, “food insecurity,” to measure hunger. It refers to “limited availability of adequate safe food” and the “uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods.” For non-bureaucrats, it means during the past 12 months there have been significant periods in which your family couldn’t get enough to eat. In the richest nation on earth, 50 million of us fall under that unhappy designation. Seventeen million kids

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When a Farm Bill adds to the hungry

Poverty -- NPRBy Crystal Hayes       Published: June 10, 2013

It was always a good day when my mother came home with bags of groceries. Everybody was happy that day – until she had to start worrying about how to put food on the table again as a single mom working full-time. I can’t think of too many things more demoralizing for a parent than struggling to put food on the table, and now, thanks to 36 members of the House Committee on Agriculture, it will be harder than ever for vulnerable families to feed their children.

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NJ mayor to live on food stamps

NJ mayor to live on food stamps starting Tuesday

Published – Nov 29 2012 06:48PM EST

KATIE ZEZIMA, Associated Press

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 file photo, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, left, greets 13-year-old Blonbzell Taylor outside of Clinton Hill...(Associated Press)In this Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 file photo, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, left, greets 13-year-old Blonbzell Taylor outside of Clinton Hill Community Resource Center, where residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy received clothing donations in Newark, N.J.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Mayor Cory Booker said he will live on food stamps for a week starting Tuesday.

Booker told The Associated Press on Thursday that he will honor the challenge he made to a Twitter follower earlier this month and try living on the monetary equivalent of food stamps for at least a week.

“December 4 to 11. Seven days,” Booker said after the ribbon cutting for new loft apartments in Newark. He said he will be limited to $1.40 for each meal.

The North Carolina woman Booker challenged plans to accept, but she is not sure she will do it next week.

More at: http://www.rr.com/news/topic/article/rr/55255278/78299939/NJ_mayor_to_live_on_food_stamps_starting_Tuesday

Poverty In America: Defining The New Poor

Welfare changes in the 1990s helped slash cash benefit rolls, yet the use of food stamps is soaring today. About 15 percent of Americans use food stamps. The program has become what some call the new welfare.

A big reason why is a deal struck between President Clinton and the Republican-controlled Congress in 1996. At that time, the number of Americans who received cash payments — what’s often thought of as welfare — was at an all-time high.

The Clinton overhaul made it much harder to qualify for those payments, and today the welfare rolls are down 70 percent, but that’s only if you define welfare in one way.

“We decided cash assistance is welfare and that’s bad, but we decided food aid is nutritional assistance and that’s good,” says New York Times reporter Jason DeParle. “We made [the food stamp] program much easier to get on.”

Read more and listen to the full story at NPR.org.

Senate action kicks off uphill battle to pass farm and food bill this year

Fresh North Carolina produceWASHINGTON — The Senate has begun laying the groundwork for a half-trillion-dollar farm and food bill that would end unconditional subsidies to farmers, but House Republicans’ resolve to cut its biggest component — food stamps — by $13 billion a year dims its prospects of passing Congress.

The current five-year farm bill expires at the end of September, and the Senate Agriculture Committee on Friday released a draft of its plan to redesign safety nets that help farmers weather bad times while achieving some $23 billion in deficit reduction. The full committee is to vote next week on the plan, which consolidates conservation programs and takes several steps, such as stopping lottery winners from getting assistance, to make the food stamp program more accountable. Of that $23 billion in savings projected over next 10 years, $4 billion comes from food stamps.

Read more at the Washington Post

SNAP (Food Stamps): Facts, Myths and Realities

What you know (and don’t know) about the SNAP program may surprise you. Feeding America has compiled an excellent resource clarifying many facts and myths relating to the former Food Stamps program.

Read more at Feeding America.

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.