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Restricting Food Stamps Use at Farmers’ Markets Is One More Way To Hurt the Poor

| July 22, 2018

The government just canceled its contract with the company that makes the card readers necessary to read food stamps cards at farmers markets.

The Latest Assault on Food Stamps Holders

| April 24, 2018

The draconian work requirement to receive food stamps could throw 1 million people off the rolls and cause more job losses than job gains.

Should The Poor Be Barred From Buying Junk Food With Food Stamps?

| February 26, 2017

Lawmakers in at least five states, including Florida, introduced bills this year to ask the USDA for permission to ban the purchase of certain kinds of food or drinks, such as candy and soda, with food stamps.

Hundreds Of Thousands Lose Food Stamps In Florida as Work Requirements Kick In

| May 17, 2016

In Florida if you can’t show that you’re working or meet the work requirements some other way, you get penalized and lose your food stamps for the following month. If you fail to meet the requirements again, it’s a three-month sanction and then six months.

300,000 Floridians Could Lose Food Stamps as State Restores Work Obligations and Time Limits

| April 6, 2016

The requirement was suspended in the aftermath of the recession, but starting Jan. 1, all able-bodied, childless adults 18 to 49 were required to work, get job training or volunteer 20 hours a week to receive food stamps . Otherwise, they’re limited to three months of food assistance in each 36-month period.

The Future Is Here: Florida Wants Welfare For the Rich While Punishing the Poor

| January 29, 2016

Four years ago Chris Timmons, now a columnist and fellow at a Florida think tank, lost his job and needed food stamps. “It did not make me feel like a moocher,” he writes. Yet Florida makes welfare recipients feel just that.

Rethinking Restrictions on Food Stamps and Welfare Benefits for Drug Felons

| August 3, 2015

The bans on welfare and food stamps assistance apply only to drug felons, in accordance with a 1996 federal law, unless states choose to waive them.

Unemployment Down, Food Stamps Use Up, Pointing to Recovery’s Bane: Underemployment

| August 23, 2014

The overall U.S. unemployment rate has steadily declined since the recession officially ended in June 2009. But many Americans still are finding it hard to get by, even if they do have jobs. A key indicator of economic hardship—enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps—is higher in every state than it was five years ago, even though unemployment has dropped in every state during the same period.

Pantry Alert: Cuts in Food Stamps Benefits Will Affect 3.6 Million Floridians Staring Nov. 1

| October 26, 2013

Florida’s food hardship rate is more than 21 percent, meaning that one in five Florida households reported that in the past year they struggled to buy enough food for the family. The state is one of the hardest-hit for food security.

After Pledging to End $20,000 Request, Second Harvest Asks Flagler To Double It Instead

| July 1, 2013

Two years ago Second Harvest pledged that the annual $20,000 it was receiving from Flagler County government to pay for a food stamps outreach program would end this year. Instead, the agency today asked the county commission for $40,000.

Fiscal Deal Delays Big Cuts in Food Stamps For Florida’s Poor, and Farm Reform

| January 2, 2013

The nine-month extension would ignore comprehensive packages by the agriculture committees of both chambers, including provisions for dairy industry reform, disaster relief and cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps.

Feed Flagler Launches 4th Year as Big Cuts in Food Stamps Loom and Pantries Empty Out

| September 14, 2012

Again led by County Commissioner Milissa Holland, Feed Flagler aims to exceed last year’s fund-raising of $28,000 and 60,000-pound food-drive by Thanksgiving, but federal legislation cutting food stamp benefits would prove a setback for Flagler’s efforts against hunger.

GOP Attempt to Slash Food Stamps Eligibility Would Hurt Flagler and Florida Families

| July 23, 2012

Republican efforts in Congress would end the food stamps program as it is now known, hugely reducing funding and eligibility, and significantly affecting Florida and Flagler families–and local economies. Some 9 percent of Flagler’s population, and 23 percent of children, are on food stamps.

Florida Small-Government GOP to Food Stamp Recipients: No Pretzels, Pastries or Cupcakes

| January 30, 2012

The list of foods proposed law would prohibit food stamp recipients from buying is much longer, drawing opposition that may convince its sponsor to moderate some of the restrictions. No state dollars are at stake, though food retailers health is.

Florida Is No. 1–In Costs and Effects of Hunger

| October 9, 2011

In the past 3 years, costs related to hunger rose 62 percent in Florida. In 2010, the state’s hunger bill was $11.7 billion, or six times more than the $1.75 billion in budget cuts Gov. Rick Scott proposed for public schools.

Flagler’s Poverty Gap: Boosting Food Stamps Enrollment–and More Accurate Numbers

| November 30, 2010

While the Mobile Benefits Program is well-meaning and necessary–a few million dollars in food assistance are going unclaimed in Flagler–the inaccurate numbers backing up the initiative undermine the program’s credibility.

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