Issue #50, December 21, 2015

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Households spending more than half their incomes on rent in 2014 spent 38 percent less on food, according to a new report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. “Too many families earning less than $50,000 a year are having to make trade-offs between putting a roof over their heads and food on the table,” said Chris Herbert, managing director for the Center. Housing assistance programs have been unable to help, and some core programs have suffered deep cuts, noted Herbert.
Higher-income individuals being affected by rising rents

Affordable Housing

    – WSLS, December 17, 2015
"We cannot effectively educate the workforce of the future if one in six Virginia children is going to school hungry," said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a statement on his proposed budget. The budget includes $2 million to "support alternative breakfast models that reduce child hunger and increase classroom performance." He also noted that last year's funding helped 244 schools expand their breakfast programs, and that the number of schools in the state participating in community eligibility grew by 139 percent.
Virginia governor outlines $109 billion budget proposal

    –, December 13, 2015
Pfeiffer-Burleigh School in Pennsylvania was an early adopter of breakfast in the classroom, and serving the meal in class rather than in the cafeteria has boosted schoolwide attendance to nearly 95 percent, according to Karin Ryan, the school’s principal. Breakfast in the classroom helps reduce the stigma students feel about receiving free school breakfast.
Erie schools work to break link between poor achievement and poverty

School Meals

    , December 13, 2015
A record number of Mesa County residents received SNAP this year, according to the county Department of Human Services. Each month since June, SNAP helped about 18,500 county residents, more than double the SNAP participation in 2008. A report titled “The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado 2016” found that the average Mesa County wage for a single parent of three children fell as much as $20,000 short of covering the family’s basic needs.
- Grand Junction Daily SentinelLiving wage tough to come by

    – Bangor Daily News, December 14, 2015
Maine ranks last among states in administration of the SNAP Program; the state ranked 36 out of 53 state agencies in 2014. The state is also struggling to produce SNAP data and has failed in performance after multiple contacts from USDA. The number of people experiencing very low food security in Maine is 7.9 percent; only Arkansas (8.1 percent) and Missouri (7.9 percent) rank worse. The state Department of Health and Human Services cut 40,000 people from SNAP from 2014 to 2015.
Maine facing sanctions from feds over food program

    – Flathead Beacon, December 13, 2015
“[T]he emergency food system is just one line of defense against hunger, and we can’t do it alone,” writes Gayle Gifford, CEO of the Montana Food Bank Network, in this op-ed. “This holiday season, please let our lawmakers know that SNAP is quietly providing dignity and opportunity for millions of Americans when they need it most,” Gifford concludes.
SNAP is Crucial this Holiday Season

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

    –, December 16, 2015
“Child nutrition reauthorization will be the Committee’s first priority in the new year,” said Senate Agriculture Committee chair Pat Roberts (R-KS) in a press release. “Senator Roberts and I continue to work together with colleagues and stakeholders on a child nutrition agreement that prioritizes the needs of children, while building on the successes made over the past five years,” said ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in the release.
Roberts, Stabenow: Child Nutrition Top Priority in New Year

Child Nutrition Reauthorization

    – The Huffington Post, December 17, 2015
“Congressional leaders should be commended for crafting a bipartisan package that will save the working family credits,” writes Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. president, United Way Worldwide, in this op-ed. The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit not only help struggling families keep more of their job earnings, the credits also improve child health and academic development, increase the likelihood of children entering college, and bring money to local businesses, boosting the economy.
Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015

Tax Credits for Struggling FamiliesThe Huffington Post

“Congressional leaders should be commended for crafting a bipartisan package that will save the working family credits.”
Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. president, United Way Worldwide,


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