Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam warned Congress that if they don’t approve a farm bill the nation’s food supply will be at serious risk.
A staggering nearly one million people in South Florida struggle to put food on the table. Feeding South Florida is the largest hunger-relief organization in the state, but recent cutbacks on Capitol Hill are going to make it harder for the nonprofit to achieve its mission. We focus on the impact of that on South Florida, as well as possible solutions.
The gridlock in Washington began taking a major toll at the dinner table for tens of millions of Americans Friday. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits fell for more than 47 million lower-income people Friday.
With the state Department of Children and Families switching to a new vendor, the program that provides food assistance, formerly known as food stamps, to low-income people will be temporarily offline Monday, Sept. 16.
While many pilgrams on a spiritual journey are flocking to Rome to observe history in the making, others have made the treck here to expose hurt anger and outrage.
In Rome Wednesday, Pope Benedict took a final lap around St. Peter’s Square and delivered a goodbye address to hundreds of thousands of cheering, adoring faithful. In Miami, bells were tolling at the Archdiocese as advocates for alleged victims of sex abuse by Catholic priests called on the out-going Pope to fully reveal the scope of the Church’s sex scandals.
Nearly 18 percent of Florida’s residents could soon be struggling to feed their families.
If you have to have food stamps to make ends meet, it looks like the state won’t ban you from having a snack, munching on chips, or enjoying a candy bar. A Florida House panel stripped a provision from a bill that would have banned the purchase of so called junk food with food stamps.
A proposal to prevent poor people from using federal assistance to buy certain snack foods was narrowly approved by a House committee Monday, but the sponsor said after heavy debate that he may change sections of the bill dictating what foods the aid can be used for.
A bill that would eliminate “non-healthy, non-staple” foods from those permitted under food assistance guidelines sparked a tart debate in the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee on Wednesday.