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2009-11-17 06:12:08

Government officials announced on Monday that one out of every seven Americans had trouble finding enough to eat in 2008, hitting the highest number in 14 years of a federal survey on "food insecurity." According to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, even with government programs such as food stamps, anti-hunger groups revealed the significant jump to over 49 million from 36.2 million the year before, when people found it difficult to get enough food and one-third of them even went hungry...

2009-11-16 12:40:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than one in seven, or 14.6 percent of American households, suffered from food insecurity in 2008, according to the most recent data on hunger released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture today. The 3.5 percentage point increase from 2007 is the largest one-year increase since the USDA first began publishing data in 1998. "Sadly, the data released today is not surprising," said Bread for the World President David Beckmann. "What should...

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2009-11-03 06:05:00

With the present recession in tow, the number of children on food stamps is expected to increase.  According to researchers, current statistics suggest that approximately half of the children in the U.S., including 90 percent of children who grow up in single-parent households and 90 percent of black children, will be on food stamps at some point between the ages of 1 and 20. Performed by researchers at Cornell University, the study is based on an analysis of the Panel Study of Income...

2009-10-27 15:15:16

A new study by Oregon State University researchers shows that those in poverty in rural Oregon often know what kinds of foods they should be eating, but face tough choices between eating well and spending less money for meals. Joan Gross and Nancy Rosenberger, both professors of anthropology at OSU, examined the "double binds" of rural Oregonians living in poverty by conducting in-depth interviews with 76 low-income households in two rural Benton County communities. Their paper will be...

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2009-10-08 10:59:29

The U.S. House set aside $82.8 billion for federal nutrition programs like food stamps and hot lunches on Wednesday, including an arrangement to pay poor families for lunches the students miss during flu epidemics. The money came from a $121 billion funding bill from the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration that started Oct 1. Nutrition spending would increase $6.6 billion from 2009, due to the recession. If schools are shut down a minimum five days due to illness, the...

2009-08-12 07:45:17

A helping hand from the government may be playing a role in the obesity epidemic. Results from a 14-year study show food stamps are actually making people fatter. Researchers say people who received food stamps had a Body Mass Index 1.15 points higher than those not receiving assistance.  The longer they were in the program, the faster their BMI increased. Researchers also accounted for factors -- including income, education, local factors and race -- and still found that participants...

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2009-08-11 09:52:10

The use of food stamps is associated with weight gain in women, but U.S. researchers say they don't know exactly why. The 14-year study, published in Economics and Human Biology, finds the average user of food stamps had a body mass index 1.15 points higher than non-users and the link was almost entirely based on women users, who averaged a 1.24 point higher BMI, or 5.8 pounds, than those not in the program. Study co-author Jay Zagorsky of Ohio State University's Center for Human Resource...

2009-08-10 12:10:00

The U.S. Food Stamp Program may help contribute to obesity among its users, according to a new nationwide study that followed participants for 14 years.Researchers found that the average user of food stamps had a Body Mass Index (BMI) 1.15 points higher than non-users.  The link between food stamps and higher weight was almost entirely based on women users, who averaged 1.24 points higher BMI than those not in the program, the study found.  For an average American woman, this would...

2009-07-29 15:45:33

The record number of U.S. consumers receiving food stamps has pushed a wave of new companies into accepting food stamp payments, retailers said. This is the right thing to do, Joe Portera, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Costco's Eastern and Canadian divisions told USA Today Wednesday. We'll ultimately need to expand the program to our other stores, so right now, we're working out any bugs in the system, Portera said. In its latest quarterly report, Family Dollar said...

2009-03-02 09:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Building on a proven track record of success, Department of Public Welfare Secretary Estelle B. Richman today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has recognized Pennsylvania for achieving a 75 percent participation rate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, while maintaining a low payment error rate. "We are pleased to have earned the recognition of the USDA once again for our efforts to ensure the basic...


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