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New SNAP Food Stamp Rules April 1, 2020

The USDA and federal government will be enforcing a number of work requirements that are part of the SNAP food stamp program. The tightened regulations will go into effect April 1, 2020 and could cause as many as 700,000 families to lose their government food benefits. The regulations being put into place by the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) are not new, rather the government is enforcing work rules that are already in place. As the federal government was giving exemptions to some states as well as local counties that …

Giving Tuesday December 3, 2019

It is holiday time, the time of higher than normal materialism in the US. Generally, this involves buying more stuff they do not need, going into debt, spending money on material goods to impress others, posting images of “stuff” on social network, and living beyond their means. Well, several years ago another “holiday” was created which does not focus on materialism, and that holiday is Giving Tuesday. This year the event is celebrated today, December 3, 2019. Giving does not just mean donating money. There are many ways to give …

Almost 20% of children food insecure – impacts learning

With many schools now back in session, or starting soon, it is unfortunate to know that as many as 20% of children in this country live in food insecure households. While like almost every study the exact percentages vary, the estimated range from sources such as Feeding America, USDA, the Salvation Army and others show a range of about 15% to as high as 20% of kids are food insecure. When a child does not know where their next meal is coming from, which is the definition of food insecurity, …