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House Bill Approves $39 Billion in SNAP Cuts
Feeding America is deeply disappointed that the House passed a bill yesterday that will cut $39 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), resulting in more than 1.5 billion meals lost in fiscal year 2018.
Charity absolutely cannot make up for this substantial cut to federal food assistance. Millions of our most vulnerable neighbors will be at increased risk of hunger if these cuts become a reality.
Despite the vote, our fight is not over. As the House and Senate move towards a conference committee to negotiate the significant differences between the two bills, we’ll need your help to continue the fight. Take action now and encourage your Member of Congress to support their local food bank by sending an email or posting a message on Facebook or Twitter.
76 percent of SNAP households include a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person. These vulnerable households receive 83 percent of all SNAP benefits.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) provides monthly benefits to supplement the food budgets of families in need, but in many cases these households still struggle to put food on the table. Learn more about SNAP by taking the SNAP CHallenge in support of Hunger Action Month today.
Breaking News - The United States Department of Agriculture reported today that 14.5 percent of American households remain food insecure, meaning 1 in 6 households in the United States had difficulty at some time during the year in providing enough food for all their members.
When it comes to food insecurity rates, any number is too high. And with critical nutrition programs facing significant cuts, we need your help more than ever. That’s why the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks is asking you take action this September during Hunger Action Month. Help us solve hunger today!
Here are three easy actions you can take
Take the SNAP Challenge: Get a sense of what life is like for those struggling to put food on the table. Try to plan your meals on just $4.50 a day, the average budget of an individual receiving SNAP benefits, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.
Invite Your Member of Congress to Visit a Food Bank: Encourage your Member of Congress to their local food bank by sending an email or posting a message on Facebook or Twitter.
You can play a role in raising awareness of the problem of hunger in America and you will be making a difference by joining us this September. For more information visit, www.FeedingAmerica.org/HungerActionMonth.
Help Prevent Cuts to Anti-Hunger Programs
On November 1, 2013, all SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly know as food stamps) recipients will see a reduction in their benefit levels because of legislation passed by the United States Congress in 2010.
Cuts that will equal 1.9 billion meals no longer available to the children, seniors, and disabled that rely on their SNAP benefits to help put food on the table. That is more than half of what the entire Feeding America network will distribute in the entire year!
You should also know that Congress is considering adding even larger cuts to SNAP benefit levels and eligibility. Decisions that impact Americans struggling with hunger in your community and across the country are being made right now. Use your voice to help prevent these cuts by telling your members of Congress to protect anti-hunger programs
School Violence And Poverty
“School Violence: The Bidirectional Conflict Flow Between Neighborhood and School” was written by Pedro Mateu-Gelabert from National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. and Howard Lune from William Paterson University. The article discusses an experiment that was conducted about how neighborhoods can affect violence in American schools. The experiment includes several factors that contribute to school violence, but our focus is on poverty and how socioeconomic status affects school violence.
The authors of the article believe that violence in neighborhoods and violence in schools are directly related. The first thing they mention in regards to school violence is the social disorganization theory; which says neighborhood violence is caused by socioeconomic status and other factors like ethnicity. The study was conducted in New York City. They studied twenty-five students when they were in seventh grade up until the end of their freshmen year in high school. There were fifteen boys and ten girls that participated. Most of the children were immigrants to the United States. Fourteen of the children were born in the United States but had parents who were immigrants. Eleven of the students were born outside of the United States. The author of the study spent time at the school and in the neighborhood where the children lived and noticed the violence that occurred. In many of the cases, the twenty-five students they were studying were directly involved in the school violence.
One factor that affected school violence in this New York study was “block gangs.” They found that people from low income neighborhoods in certain areas separate themselves by their block. In one interview with a high school girl, she said she isn’t supposed to be friends with one of her close friends from school because he lives on another block. The study found that the students have a strong loyalty to the neighborhood that they came from. Fifty-one percent of the incidents of school violence that carried over from neighborhood violence had to do with block gangs.
The study was only done in New York City, but the author says that their findings also relate to rural and suburban schools. Violence in schools is dependent on not only the school environment, but also the neighborhood influences. So rural and suburban areas with neighborhood problems like poverty and domestic violence, also creates issues of school violence in their schools. The students described their neighborhood in pretty negative terms. They referenced gangs very often. They also mentioned that there were rarely police officers around and they didn’t have a lot of actually law enforcement. All of the students say they are aware of the drug use and of all of the drugs dealers in their neighborhood. The drug dealers are on the corners of all the children’s blocks and they are used to seeing them. The students cannot feel safe when they are walking around their own neighborhood. The study concluded that influences like poverty and coming from a bad neighborhood directly affect school violence.
By Hannah Susko
While over 21 million children participated in the free or reduced priced school meal program in 2011, just over 2 million children received meals during the summer months, largely due to the lack of local programs. To help meet the nutritional needs of children during the summer months, several of our food banks operate summer feeding programs. Learn About Summer Feeding Programs
Great American Milk Drive
Great American Drive Milk is one of the items most requested by food bank clients, yet there’s a nationwide shortage because it’s rarely donated. As a source of high-quality protein, milk can help power the potential of kids who rely on summer feeding programs.
Feeding America has teamed up with America’s milk companies and local farmers to launch The Great American Milk Drive. The program makes it easy for people to donate with a simple text or click of the mouse and help families in their own communities. Jesse Tyler Ferguson of ABC’s Modern Family helped launch this innovative program.