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Recent & Relevent Articles, from our Benefits Outreach Department

July 28, 2009

Here’s a collection of interesting recent articles regarding Food Stamps compiled by Terence Kelly, Benefits Outreach Consultant.

Boost in Food-Stamp Funding Percolates Through Economy – Wall Street Journal

Three months after taking effect, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act plan has created a great deal of economic activity attributed to increased enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). For every dollar in SNAP spending (formerly food stamps) at the federal level, it is estimated that $1.73 in total economic activity is generated. This article discusses program statistics, the expansion in capacity of vendors to accept SNAP benefits, and the future of entitlement funding during this period of economic recovery.

Even college grads are signing up for food stamps – Christian Science Monitor

Millions of Americans are finding themselves enrolled in the food stamps program rolls for the first time these days. This article profiles a few of them, lending insight into how many are using food stamps not to simply get by on hand-outs, but to adapt to the current economic circumstances and prepare for the future in a higher tax bracket.

U.S. food stamp tally up 1.2 million in two months – Reuters

According to Reuters and the most recent numbers released by the USDA, 1 in 9 Americans are currently enrolled in SNAP. “Participation in food stamps grew by roughly 600,000 people, or 2 percent, in both March and April, the latest months for which figures were available. April was the fifth month in a row of record enrollment.”

Food Stamps, Now Paperless, Are Getting Easier to Use at Farmers’ Markets – NY Times

This article details the expansion of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) terminals at farmers markets across the country, and how this trend serves to increase access to fresh, affordable nutrient-dense food for working-class families and individuals.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 29, 2009 7:27 pm

    In this economic climate, hunger relief is an issue which not only applies to lower income families, but also now affects the middle class, due to job loss and foreclosures. Through our advocacy program, we’ve launched intensive efforts to keep our kids and families fed and educated on the importance of good nutrition.

    Heather for Children’s Aid NYC

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