Frac update: Food Stamp need up in Oregon

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2. Poverty Numbers Show Need for Strong Child Nutrition Programs
(Dallas Observer, September 16, 2010)

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, which recently released the nation’s poverty numbers, 17 percent of Texans live in poverty, which includes 1,774,000 children, an increase from last year. “If these numbers don’t convey a sense of urgency, I don’t know what will,” said JC Dwyer, state policy director of the Texas Food Bank Network, in a release. Dwyer calls on Congress to pass the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) without cutting SNAP/Food Stamp benefits in order to offset CNR improvements. “Research has shown that growing up in persistent poverty poses high risks to child health and development, particularly when children are faced with malnutrition,” notes Dwyer. “Clearly, now is not the time to divest in the institutions we’ve created to address these problems. We need [federal and state programs] now more than ever.”


3. Congress Should Restore SNAP/Food Stamp Cuts in Child Nutrition Reauthorization
(Watertown Daily Times, September 12, 2010)

“Cutting one nutrition program in order to fund other nutrition programs will not help us end hunger in our community and New York,” writes Melinda Gault, executive director of the Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County, Inc. Gault is referring to the Senate version of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization, which cuts SNAP/Food Stamp benefits to offset the costs of the bill. If passed, the cuts would drop SNAP/Food Stamp monthly benefits for a family of four by $59 (beginning April 2013). Funding for child nutrition programs through the act will not only help feed children, but will improve the nutrition of school food and work to battle childhood obesity. “Many members of Congress have pledged to restore the food stamp cuts and ensure that their version of a child nutrition act will not harm food stamp recipients,” notes Gault. “When Rep. Bill Owens and other House members return to Washington this month, they must pass a good child nutrition bill that…rejects further harm to low-income families,” she concludes.


5. SNAP/Food Stamp Participation Continues to Increase

Oregon
(mycentraloregon.com, September 14, 2010)
As the state’s unemployment rate hovers around 10 percent, the number of Oregonians receiving SNAP/Food Stamps in August 2010 increased by 7,548, with 725,484 now participating, up 16 percent from August 2010 and 50 percent since July 2008. Erinn Kelley-Siel, director of the Children, Adults and Families Division of the state’s Department of Human Services, noted that SNAP/Food Stamp benefits not only help families that are struggling financially, but also channel funding into local communities. Every SNAP/Food Stamp dollar spent generates $1.73 in economic activity. SNAP/Food Stamp recipients spend their benefits quickly, and the money helps local grocery retailers by supporting jobs.

(from Food Research and Action Center)

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