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.
By BOB RAY SANDERS — Fort Worth Star-Telegram October 13, 2013
It’s one thing to talk about all the starving children in Third World or developing countries; it’s another to address the issue of kids in America who don’t have enough to eat.The very thought of one child, let alone millions, going to bed hungry is disturbing. Then expand on that theme with a young boy or girl waking up hungry each morning and heading off to school having eaten little or no food.We’ve known for decades that a hungry child probably will not do well in the classroom and that when children receive daily meals they not only are more likely to come to school but also perform better academically, in class and on standardized tests.
By Joseph Neff 10/11/13
North Carolina has enough federal money to provide food to the state’s low-income mothers and their babies, the state budget director said Thursday. Art Pope said there is enough money on hand to fully fund the WIC program, officially known as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children
Food Lion announced Wednesday that it is providing $500,000 in gift cards to North Carolina food banks, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC will receive 22,000 of the $5 cards.
Food Lion’s donation is in response to the state’s temporary suspension of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Program benefits because of the federal government shutdown.
“Food Lion is pleased to take a leading role across the state in providing critical funding to North Carolina food banks that will begin to receive increased requests in the coming weeks,” said Beth Newlands Campbell, president of Food Lion.
The North Carolina High School Athletic has joined forces with the North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks to help reduce hunger in North Carolina. From September 27 through November 8, 2013 the NCHSAA is encouraging its member schools to get involved in a campaign to raise donations for local food banks.
To learn how your schoolm can compete and also be of service helping your hungry neighbors go to:
Robert Higgs, Northeast Ohio Media Group The Plain Dealer September 23, 2013
- The Diane Rehm Show Thursday, July 26, 2012
- Congress is considering a deficit reduction measure that would eliminate food stamps for nearly two million Americans. Debate over the cost of feeding America’s poor.
- One in seven Americans receives food stamps, a number that’s up sharply since the financial crisis. Most experts agree unemployment and underemployment have contributed to the number of people in need of food assistance. The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a measure that would cut nearly two million people from the program and cause 280,000 children to lose free meals. Anti-poverty advocates call it unconscionable. But supporters of the cuts say the food stamp program is inefficient and many people are receiving benefits who are not truly in need. Diane and her guests discuss the cost of feeding America’s poor.
In a growing state, a growing hunger
Published: July 27, 2013
By Gene Nichol
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
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.