User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-National
Category: Food Security :: Access
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Changes to food stamps could deny benefits to thousands 23.7.2018 Philly.com News
A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would mandate enhanced work requirements for people receiving SNAP, denying benefits to those who work fewer than 20 hours a week.
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The SNAP Crisis at Farmers Markets Across the Country 19.7.2018 American Prospect
Edwin Remsberg / VWPics via AP Images Crates of green peppers, cucumbers, peaches and tomatoes for sale at a farmer's market in Westminster, Maryland  It’s a sunny Friday afternoon in the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where the North Side farmers market sets up each week. As shoppers mill about to music that’s wafting over from a nearby festival, a long line has formed at the tent operated by Just Harvest, a local anti-hunger nonprofit. Surrounded by a couple dozen vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses, jams, and jellies, Just Harvest staff assist recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, previously called food stamps) so that they’ll be able to use their SNAP benefits to buy any fresh food item at the market. But farmers’ business at the North Side market and other such markets across Pittsburgh—and the thousands of SNAP participants that buy from them—are currently threatened by an Agriculture Department contracting decision. Because of a change in ...
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A Food Fight Worth Having 9.7.2018 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
The White House can force a farm-bill debate on work and food stamps.
In deep water: Water economy is threatened by climate change 7.7.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
With water quickly becoming a scarce resource, market innovations are changing the way we use it.
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Could part of Fairmount Park become a free food forest for Philadelphians in need? | Ideas We Should Steal 6.7.2018 Philly.com News
Philly is ripe for a food farming revolution.
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For VA whistleblowers, a culture of fear and retaliation 21.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
VA employees in one Southeast district say a toxic culture of retaliation has undermined veterans' care and worker morale. There is growing skepticism among whistleblowers the VA can police itself.
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Fighting summer hunger block by block, lunch by lunch 21.6.2018 Philly.com News
An unpaid neighborhood do-gooder in partnership with some powerful allies - the U.S. government and the Roman Catholic Church - distributes free lunches and snacks in Franklinville.
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Attacking people in poverty for buying birthday cakes and other treats with food stamps 18.6.2018 Philly.com News
"To be honest, race plays a part."
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Social enterprise improves food security in Garden Hill First Nation 15.6.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Marina Puzyreva Food insecurity is a pressing problem for thousands of Indigenous people living in remote reserves in the North of Manitoba. The new CCPA Manitoba report Harnessing the Potential of Social Enterprise in Garden Hill First Nation explores in-depth the themes around food insecurity: people's incomes and spending on food, health issues related to food consumption and traditional food culture. It also suggests ways to increase food accessibility and affordability through local efforts and appropriate public policies. Although the study is community specific, it echoes many problems faced by other northern communities. Garden Hill First Nation (GHFN) is a remote community located 610 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Similar to many northern communities, in GHFN the history of colonialism, assimilation and the legacy of residential schools have shaped the egregious conditions of poverty that many on-reserve residents struggle with every day: notably high rates of unemployment, a ...
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In Chesco, volunteer farmers grow food for neighbors in need 5.6.2018 Philly.com News
Corporate types rotate in and out of the farm to plant and harvest food specifically for county residents in need.
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Food rescuers race to battle waste, hunger 4.6.2018 Philly.com News
There's an increasing number of people who see both the food surplus, and the deficit among people in need, and cannot abide the imbalance.
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The plight of farm workers in Canada 23.5.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Labour Farm work is hard work! The days are long, and the physical work can be heavy and exhausting. Often, particularly on smaller family farms, the monetary rewards are nowhere near what a regular urban salary provides. There are lots of reasons why the family farm has been disappearing over the past several decades. (Check out some of my previous columns for details about the issue of land concentration.) Suffice to say, that for many reasons, among them the loss of family farmers and the ever-increasing numbers of factory farms, Canadian agricultural production just wouldn't happen without farm workers. And while the majority of those farm workers are domestic, there are ever-increasing numbers of foreign migrant workers. Many come to work on labour intensive agricultural operations that produce fruit and vegetables in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia. In fact, 33 per cent of vegetable and fruit farm workers are foreign workers. Others come to work on cattle operations and in large ...
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Hunger haunts Philly. These are the voices of its pain 21.5.2018 Philly.com News
Need is great in the North Philadelphia area, where more than one in four say they don't have enough to eat.
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Conservative revolt over immigration sinks U.S. House farm bill 18.5.2018 Denver Post: Business
In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in GOP-leaning farm country.
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6 things to watch in the House Farm Bill 18.5.2018 Washington Post
The bill, authorized every five years, involves way more than agriculture — such as requirements for food stamps and school lunches.
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Hunger in Philly - 'It's a pain in my belly' 18.5.2018 Philly.com News
In North Philadelphia and nearby communities, hunger is too easy to find. Hunger fighters are trying, in ways old and new, to beat back an untiring scourge.
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Tougher work rules for food stamps won’t help poor people — or save much money 18.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Unemployment is at a record low. The U.S. economy has logged nine straight years of slow-but-steady growth. Yet somehow, 40 million Americans need help from the government just to put food on the table. Although that figure is down from its post-recession peak of 47.6 million in 2013, it’s still...

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Republicans want Big Government, too. They just want it to help fewer people. 18.5.2018 Washington Post
Republicans want Big Government, too. They just want it to help fewer people.
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U.N. World Food chief says he hopes ‘new spirit’ benefits children in N. Korea 12.5.2018 Washington Post: World
David Beasley wants more money to help feed mothers and children, but many donor countries remain skeptical.
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Stop Talking About SNAP Fraud 11.5.2018 American Prospect
Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ads in the District of Columbia were hard to miss. Posters begging passersby to help “STOP SNAP FRAUD!” replaced the usually more innocuous ads in Washington’s Metro system. While many of the ads were in underground subway stations, buses were also wrapped in fraud prevention ads. They plastered the Capitol South metro station, too—the one used by many legislative staffers—as Congress is gearing up to renew the farm bill, the massive legislation that may contain sweeping changes to SNAP, the program commonly known as food stamps. The nation’s capital has a progressive population (just  4 percent  of the city’s votes went to Trump in 2016), so these ads did not go over well. SNAP fraud, after all, is a relatively uncommon phenomenon in the District of Columbia and elsewhere. In 2016, out of 1,000 completed investigations of the city’s roughly 134,000 SNAP recipients, officials found only 134 clear-cut cases of fraud—a fraud  ...
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