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2011-04-25 12:35:00

Applications Now Available for Wireless Electronic Benefit Transfer Machines HARRISBURG, Pa., April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania farmers markets and farm stands accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits can now apply to receive one of 145 available wireless electronic benefit transfer (EBT) machines offered through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture using a federal grant. "With more than 1.2 million Pennsylvanians at-risk for...

2011-04-05 05:00:00

57% of Immigrant Households with Children Receive Welfare WASHINGTON, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Census Bureau data show that the share of immigrant-headed households (legal and illegal) with children (under age 18) using at least one welfare program continues to be very high. This is partly due to the large share of immigrants with low levels of education and their resulting low incomes. The welfare programs examined in this report are SSI (Supplemental Security Income for...

2011-02-09 08:04:00

"Double Up Food Bucks" scales up Foundation's initial investment in pioneering idea BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The W.K. Kellogg Foundation today announced $1.2 million in funding to provide low-income people in Michigan with improved access to healthy, fresh food by doubling the value of federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits used at farmers' markets. The foundation pioneered the approach to promoting healthy eating with initial...

2010-12-19 00:28:43

San Diego's Brian's Farmers Markets recently introduced the Electronic Benefit Transfer option for low-income families at its Mission Valley, Point Loma and University Town Center locations. "After all," explains 35-year-old Brian's Farmers Markets owner Brian Beevers, "local, high-quality food should be available at every income bracket." Of the dozens of San Diego weekly farmers markets, only five accept EBT. Three of those five are Brian's Farmers Markets. Beevers is a long-time believer...

2010-12-02 16:06:00

Legislation will expand programs and access to nutritious food for millions of children CHICAGO Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Greater Chicago Food Depository applauded Congress' passage of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization today. The bill will reauthorize child nutrition programs for five years and includes an additional $4.5 billion in funding for school meal programs over 10 years. For Chicago, the bill will help to improve the quality of school meals while helping...

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2010-11-16 09:30:00

More than 17 million households in the United States didn't have enough money to provide food to all of family members for at least some of 2009, according to the results of a Department of Agriculture study. The study, which was conducted by USDA researchers Mark Nord, Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Margaret Andrews, and Steven Carlson, found that 85.3 percent of American households had enough income and other resources to fully provide for all members of the family. The remaining 14.7 percent had...

2010-11-15 10:33:00

1 In 6 Americans at Risk of Hunger CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service (USDA) reported today that more than 50 million Americans, including more than 17 million children, are food insecure - meaning they lack consistent access to a nutritious, well-balanced diet. The findings are based on data collected by the government in December, 2009. The report, Household Food Insecurity in the United States, is a sobering...

2010-11-10 08:29:00

-- In election's wake, anti-hunger programs garner support from governors, hunger advocates, corporations, and celebrities, as actor Jeff Bridges kicks off National No Kid Hungry Campaign(TM) WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hunger advocates, corporate leaders, and governors today announced the national roll-out of a plan to end childhood hunger in the United States by 2015 by increasing access to nutrition education and to federal programs such as SNAP (formerly food...

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2010-10-08 05:46:01

Governor David Paterson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have proposed that New Yorkers in the food stamps program should not be allowed to spend them on sugar-sweetened drinks. Bloomberg and Paterson said Thursday that they are trying to get the U.S. Department of Agriculture to add sugary drinks to the list of prohibited goods for city residents receiving assistance. This would be the first time an item would be banned from the federal program based solely on nutritional value. In 2008, the...

2010-09-16 11:28:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Annual data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that almost 43.6 million Americans now live in poverty, the highest number since record-keeping began in 1959. This is an increase of 3.7 million Americans in 2009. "These figures are startling and totally unacceptable from one of the world's wealthiest nations," said Rev. David Beckmann. "The real struggle is for low-income families who tend to be the first hurt and the last...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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