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USDA Recognizes Summer Food Service Program


USDA Recognizes Summer Food Service Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture presented a certificate of appreciation to the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in recognition of its outstanding Summer Food Service Program. Cherrie M. Walker, coordinator of the Summer Food Service Program for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, presented the award. Summer can often be a Season of Hunger […]

Food stamps: why recipients are haunted by stigmas and misconceptions


One in seven Americans receive food stamps, but misconceptions abound. We ask Snap workers in Alabama and Texas about the challenges they face, and the most enduring myths Food stamps: who is eligible? Photograph: Eric Risberg/AP Children. Military families. Elderly people. Food stamp recipients are as varied as they come. The few things that these […]

Food for thought: NJ Assembly panel wants more school breakfasts


By Matt Friedman/The Star-Ledger A state Assembly panel today approved two bills intended to increase the number of students eating breakfast in schools. Saying well-fed students perform better, advocates and state officials claimed strides in enrolling more low-income students in federally-funded school breakfast programs over the last several years. But the numbers lag far behind […]

Picturing Hunger in America


BY Mary Jo Brooks  February 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM EST “Hunger Through My Lens” has a dual mission: to empower people who are living in poverty and to promote awareness about hunger issues. Sponsored by the non-profit group Hunger Free Colorado, the program gives digital cameras to food stamp recipients and asks them to […]

Update on Farm Bill from Feeding America


The Farm Bill passed – what does that mean? by Brett Weisel February 17, 2014 Earlier this month, Congress passed a new Farm Bill that enacted sweeping changes to agriculture, nutrition, and conservation policy in the U.S.  Feeding America.  Feeding America fought long and hard to protect and strengthen hunger-relief programs in the Farm Bill.  […]

From the Asbury Park Press: SNAP Cuts in New Jersey


uts in New Jersey food aid focus on heating assistance program Written by Malia Rulon Herman Gannett Washington Bureau WASHINGTON —Nearly 160,000 New Jersey families will lose an average $90 in federal food assistance each month under a new farm law, but the cuts won’t take effect immediately, an administration official said. The families will […]