Wells Fargo Advisors generously donated $4,260 to Foodshare earlier this week. Christopher Benjamin and Taryn Mondi from Wells Fargo Advisors presented the check.
Friday, December 6, 2013
When the House voted in September to cut $40 billion from the federal food-stamp program over 10 years, all but 15 Republicans supported the measure while not a single Democrat did so.
But according to a TIME analysis of county-by-county food-stamp-enrollment data compiled by the nonprofit Feeding America, it appears that House Republicans represent more districts with high levels of participation in the program than House Democrats. Of the 350 congressional districts in which TIME was able to estimate the percentage of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), 76 had levels of 20% or higher. Of those, 43 are held by Republicans while 33 are controlled by Democrats.
TIME.com, SNAP Cuts Map FeaturesFeeding America’s “SNAP Calculator” Data: Republicans More Likely to HaveConstituents Who Use Food Stamps
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Farm bill negotiators made major progress toward a deal on Wednesday. Both sides made important concessions during a meeting of the House and Senate Agriculture committees’ leaders. The Senate agreed to greater food stamp savings — albeit still far short of the $40 billion in 10 years cuts approved by the House in September. The largest new savings would come from a crackdown on what many see as states’ abusive practice under “heat-and-eat.” Some states distribute only token amounts of low-income fuel assistance — sometimes as little as $1a year —to SNAP recipients, thereby qualifying them for a standard utility deduction to leverage significantly higher food stamp benefits. Virtually all of the $4 billion in SNAP savings in the Senate bill come from requiring states to distribute at least $10 in such fuel aid to qualify for the utility allowance. The compromise now would set a $20 threshold, as proposed by the House, which could double the Senate’s savings. Also under discussion are a limited number of pilot programs to test new approaches to train unemployed food stamp recipients and move them into the workforce.
Source: Politico, 12/5/13, Farm Bill
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Big Y World Class Markets began participating in Foodshare's "Meat the Need" program in mid November. There are 11 stores in the area Foodshare serves. Seven of them are currently freezing and holding meat for Foodshare to pick up, the other four will start next week.
The staff at each of these BIG Y locations has been very excited to begin this process and it is clear that they have a desire to turn their edible but unsellable meat into meals for their hungry neighbors.
Foodshare has received over 600,000 pounds of meat this year as part of the "Meat the Need" program from the numerous retail and wholesale grocers in our service area.