States Move Ahead With Food Stamp Cuts

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A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 39 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Food stamps again a vivid symbol in poverty debate Connie Cass and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press 7:30 p.m. EDT September 21, 2013 A grocery store advertises that they accept food stamps in the South Bronx In New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt, Getty Images) Story Highlights Food stamps are use by more than 47 million each month Program no longer has stamps, issue debit cards Costs have risen SHARE 263 CONNECT 45 TWEET 39 COMMENTEMAILMORE WASHINGTON (AP) Food stamps have figured in Americans’ ideas about the poor for decades, from President Lyndon Johnson’s vision of a Great Society to President Ronald Reagan’s scorn for crooked “welfare queens” and President Bill Clinton’s pledge to “end welfare as we know it.” Partisans tend to see what they want to see in the food stamp program: barely enough bread and milk to sustain hungry children, or chips and soda maybe even steak and illicit beer for cheaters and layabouts gaming the system. Those differences were on display last week when the House voted to cut almost $4 billion a year, or 5%, from the roughly $80 billion-a-year program. The House bill would tighten eligibility standards, allow states to impose new work requirements and permit drug testing for recipients, among other cuts to spending. A Senate bill would cut around one-tenth of the amount of the House bill, or $400 million a year. Republicans argued that work requirements target the aid to the neediest people. Democrats said the swelling rolls more than 47 million people are now using the food stamps, or 1 in 7 Americans show that the program is working at a time of high unemployment and great need. A look at the history and future of food stamps: No more stamps These days, people in the nation’s largest food aid program pay with plastic. These special debit cards are swiped at convenience store or supermarket checkouts to pay for groceries. The cards can’t be used for alcohol or cigarettes or nonfood items such as toothpaste, paper towels or dog chow. Junk food or high-priced treats are OK. The first food stamps were a temporary plan to help feed the hungry toward the end of the Great Depression of the 1930s. The government subsidized the cost of blue stamps that poor people used to buy food from farm surpluses.

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(Colby Ware/special to The Baltimore Sun / July 29, 2012) Also By Hugo Martin September 22, 2013, 10:00 a.m. The food truck craze that has swept the nation will soon roll up to Los Angeles International Airport . No, airport security wont allow food trucks to pull to the curb of the terminal. Instead, an airport concession operator plans to install the shell of a food truck inside of Terminal 4. The fake truck will be outfitted inside with grills, pots, pans and other equipment to serve food. Starting Nov. 1, the food truck will be operated by food truck chefs based in Los Angeles, who will rotate in once a year or so. This is our way to help bring people with local talent to offer their food at the airport, said Rich Bennett, senior director of operations for HMSHost, a concession operator at Los Angeles International Airport. Meanwhile, Long Beach Airport is one of a handful of airports across the country that has allowed food trucks to park at its cellphone parking lots to dish out chow to drivers waiting to pick up friends and family members. The food truck program, called Truckn Tuesdays, was originally a summer event held the third Tuesday of each month. But it has become so popular that the airport plans to continue it indefinitely. Passengers, employees and those waiting in the area are enjoying it, said airport spokeswoman Kerry Gerot. ALSO:

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23 times per week D. 44+ times per week E. Never 2. I worry about cutting down on certain foods. A. Once per month B. 24 times per month C. 23 times per week D. 44+ times per week E. Never 3. I feel sluggish or fatigued from overeating.

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The waivers, part of the 1996 welfare reform, were designed to give states flexibility in times of high unemployment. It suspends a requirement that limits benefits to three months unless recipients work 20 hours a week or spend a certain amount of time on work-related activities, such as job training. Until this year, 45 states took advantage of the waiver during the recession, and two that did not Vermont and New Hampshire weren’t eligible for statewide coverage, which is based on unemployment and job market data. Delaware and Utah chose not to request a waiver, while Wyoming wasn’t eligible. Many Republican-led states are trimming safety nets as the recession wanes. In addition, food stamp benefits for all recipients are set to fall Nov. 1 when federal stimulus money ends. Some states have changed welfare enrollment criteria. Others enacted unprecedented cuts in unemployment insurance, as Stateline previously reported. Against that backdrop, supporters of the cuts see the work requirement as a prime opportunity to trim the rolls. Those possibly affected by ending the waivers comprise less than 5 percent of Americans collecting food stamps. Employment is the most effective way to escape poverty Kansas Dept.

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