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2008-11-27 11:47:08

A few of New York City's poorest residents will feast on turkey at home this Thanksgiving due to the settlement of a six-year-old class-action lawsuit. The case, filed against the city by the Urban Justice Center in 2002, was settled in 2006, but plaintiffs have just recently been granted their awards, which amount to additions of up to $5,000 on their food stamp benefit accounts, The New York Times reported Thursday. While most of the awards are smaller than that, city resident Monica Ryan...

2008-11-26 06:45:37

The number of U.S. citizens receiving food stamps could surpass 30 million this month, federal officials said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is scheduled to release food stamp numbers by the end of the month and wouldn't confirm the 30 million figure, which was divulged in a meeting with state officials in October, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. The 30 million mark would surpass the previous high set in the months following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Post reported. The...

2008-10-10 03:00:22

By McGranahan, Leslie In July 2008, food prices were 6.0% above their July 2007 level. This article examines how different household types have been affected by the recent rapid rise in food prices. Increases in food prices have been grabbing headlines recently. In this Chicago Fed Letter, I investigate the ex- penditure patterns of different types of households to discover which house- holds have been most affected by food price changes. I find that food price increases have had a more...

2008-10-01 03:00:06

Secretary Ed Schafer today announced the advent of a new era in nutrition assistance at USDA. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name of the Food Stamp Program, as a result of the recently enacted Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-246), also known as the Farm Bill. SNAP more accurately reflects the program's true mission to provide food assistance and nutrition education to assist participants as they move to a healthier lifestyle and...

2008-08-10 12:00:23

By Tim Shultz If energy inflation has good news, it's that alternatives exist. But when it comes to food inflation, well, let's just say that eating has no pleasant alternative. Today we pay 15 percent more for cheese, 16 percent more for bread and 23 percent more for eggs than we did last year. Why? More demand for meat in industrializing countries, competition for acreage with ethanol-producing plants and higher costs for petroleum fertilizers in our industrial crops. And here in Utah...

2008-08-01 09:00:46

By Christian Palmer The federal government presented the state Department of Economic Security a check for $2 million on July 28 as a reward for improving the distribution of food stamps. DES improved its error rate to 4.87 percent in 2007 from its 8.68 error rate during the prior year. The dismal performance in 2006 prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fine the department $1.5 million. The state was allowed to reinvest half of the fine into its payment-accuracy efforts, while...

2008-07-16 06:00:44

By Jonathan Bor, The Baltimore Sun Jul. 16--Nearly one in eight families taking children to the University of Maryland Medical Center's emergency room and primary care clinic lack enough food to ensure good nutrition -- putting the youngsters at risk for growth and learning problems, a study has found. Acting on the finding, the city health department yesterday announced a plan to screen children for signs of hunger and to link families to food pantries and federal nutrition programs...

2008-07-08 12:00:52

By Sarah Jenkins Here's the bad news: While record-high gas prices have gotten almost all the attention as drivers struggle just to pay for necessary travel, the cost of some of the most basic foods have also risen at unheard of rates over the past year. Consider these examples, comparing June 2008 to June 2007: Eggs have increased 95 percent. Milk is up 67 percent. Rice has increased 42 percent. Pasta -- as in the old standby mac & cheese -- is up 30 percent. Even fruits...

2008-07-01 09:00:47

Re "Food stamp users losing ground" (Monitor front page, June 26): Too often at the grocery store I see people using their EBT (food stamp)cards to purchase name brand items, $15 steaks, all kinds of snack foods and soda. Yet, these same people continue to complain that the assistance they get is never enough. Well, people, grocery prices are on the rise for all of us, yet our wages don't increase. In fact, after you get your increase in your food stamp allotment, our taxes will increase...

2008-06-26 09:00:00

By SARAH LIEBOWITZ These days, the $205 in food stamps that Saydee Waterson receives each month pays for little more than a week-and-a-half worth of food. "You can't get a lot of snacks for kids anymore," said Waterson, who is thankful that her 14-month-old son no longer depends on costly baby formula. The family's monthly food stamp allotment - which helps pay for food for Waterson, her son and her grandfather - "has got to stretch even more now," said Waterson, of Chichester. If...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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