CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2010 |
Despite persistent economic woes, California leaves billions of federal food stamp dollars on the table each year that could help ease hunger and boost the local economy, officials say. Only 48% of eligible Californians are enrolled in the nutrition program, according to federal figures from 2007, the most recent year available. That is well below the national average of 66%. Only Wyoming has a slightly lower rate. California officials dispute the way the figures are calculated and say they do not reflect recent steps to improve the state's record, including greater outreach and simplified procedures.
June 13, 2013 |
Beginning today, nearly 30 members of Congress will get a small taste of what it's like to rely on food stamps. Those calling for deeper cuts can rest assured though; this will come at no cost to the federal government. The group of House Democrats will voluntarily live off a budget of $4.50 per day, the average Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit (somewhere between the price of a Starbucks latte and a Cronut ). Their pledge is part of the SNAP Challenge, which is protesting a farm bill poised to make significant cuts to the program.
September 18, 2012 |
The federal food assistance program SNAP pays $1.7 billion to $2.1 billion for purchases of sugar-sweetened beverages every year, a new study has found. Meanwhile, the government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we cut back on consumption of sugary drinks. A disconnect? The authors seem to think so. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits are important, they stress, but "allowing annual use of multibillions of SNAP benefits to purchase products that are at the core of public health concerns about obesity and chronic illnesses appears misaligned with the goals of helping low-income families live active, healthy lives.” They suggest that reauthorization of the SNAP program, set for later this year, "could be a good time to reconsider the program priorities to align use of public funds with fostering public health.
August 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - It was not surprising that Texas held out. For years, Texas was among a handful of states that required every resident seeking help with grocery bills to first be fingerprinted, an exercise typically associated with criminals. Even though Republican Gov. Rick Perry ultimately got rid of the policy, Texas - always seeking to whittle down "big government" - remains one of the most effective states at keeping its poor out of the giant federal food stamp program. But it is not No. 1. That distinction belongs to California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2000
President Clinton said that low-income working families should temporarily receive additional food stamps to help them cope with "what can be a trying time" (Nov. 19). The Agriculture Department will allow states to allow three months of transitional food stamps for families going from welfare to work. If this is necessary at this late date of so-called welfare reform, how successful is the welfare-to-work program? Millions of poor adults work full-time or part-time. Millions more are just above the poverty line.
June 18, 2003
An outdated rule forces many food stamp applicants to choose between keeping the car that could get them to a job and qualifying for food stamps. Another food stamp regulation, requiring state officials to fingerprint every adult applicant, costs the state $11 million annually on top of the $31 million sunk into fingerprint machines -- with little payback in catching cheaters. Two proposals to alter these rules could save the state money and get food to more hungry families.
May 28, 2007
Re "Stamp out hunger? Not likely," Opinion, May 24 Food stamp recipients should be educated about how to shop for food and cook healthy meals frugally. Frugal folk plan their meals, shop sales and buy generic. They cook from scratch, staying away from expensive and unhealthy processed foods. Learning how to cook is a critical step for living frugally. Use dried beans. Bake your own bread, cakes and cookies. Make your own tortillas. Use tougher cuts of meat and cook them slowly. Ethnic groceries generally have lower produce prices as well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1994
"Fraud by County Quake Aid Workers Probed" (Feb. 5) gives the impression that welfare workers are conspiring to pocket food stamps and other emergency funds meant for earthquake victims. As general manager of the union representing more than 40,000 county workers, I feel obligated to set the record straight. The largest relief effort ever administered within the United States wouldn't have stood a chance of success if not for the dedication of more than 5,000 employees of the Department of Public Social Services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1994 |
More than 200 east Ventura County residents have qualified for more than $60,000 in emergency food stamps since the county began accepting applications from quake victims this week, county welfare officials said Thursday. Few cases of attempted fraud have been reported. By noon Thursday, 226 individuals and families had qualified for the emergency stamps to purchase a month's worth of food, with another 69 applications pending, said James E.
November 2, 2013 |
Some 47 million poor Americans who rely on food stamps for their meals will have to get by on less, after their benefits were cut Friday. In California, which struggles with nearly 9% unemployment, local officials are girding for the fallout after the benefit for a family of four receiving food stamps was lowered by $36 a month. About 4.2 million Californians are affected by the drop in benefits, including more than 1.1 million residents of Los Angeles County. And many local businesses will be hurt as well, because California's food stamp recipients will be spending $46million less per month in local stores.