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Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food News

News stories from the past 60 days.

USDA Announces Plan to Protect SNAP Participants’ Access to SNAP in February
Jan 8, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a plan to provide full benefits for participants in the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for the month of February. Prior to this announcement, SNAP benefits for January were fully funded but, due to the government shutdown, February's benefits were not.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Federal Move to Tighten Work Requirements for Food Stamps Stirs Worry about Village Hunger
Jan 1, 2019 - Discusses how the proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) related to work requirements would effect rural and remote villages in Alaska. These villages often do not have enough full-time jobs to employ adults, and many jobs are seasonal. Residents often contribute to the community food supply by hunting, fishing, and gathering, but do not have official employment that would meet SNAP work requirements.
Source: Anchorage Daily News
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Last Updated: 1/9/2019