S.O.S (Spring Onto Summer) Food Drive THIS FRIDAY!

April 23, 2012

"Children feeding children"

Posters have been posted. Cars have been blanketed with fliers. And, children all over the area are gathering canned food items for this Friday’s S.O.S. Food Drive.

The goal of the Spring Onto Summer Food Drive is “children feeding children.” When school lets out each summer, Central Texas food pantries struggle to provide food for the increased numbers of children no longer receiving free or reduced meals each day at school. This spring food drive hopes to restock those shelves further eliminating food insecurity in McLennan County. Local baseball leagues, soccer teams and youth sports groups are participating in this year’s event. If you would like to promote the food drive and encourage children in your group to donate this Friday, please contact the McLennan County Hunger Coalition at 254-224-8486 or email them at mclennanhunger@gmail.com.

S.O.S 2012 will take place on April 27th from 8am to 6pm.

Volunteers will accept donations at 7 convenient Waco-area locations:

Grande Communications

7200 Imperial Drive, Waco, TX

Channel 25 KXXV

1909 South New Road, Waco, TX

Walmart

600 Hewitt Drive, Waco, TX

1521 Interstate 35 N, Waco, TX

4320 Franklin Avenue, Waco, TX

Sam’s Club

2301 East Waco Drive, Waco, TX

Brookshires

100 Peplow St,  Robinson TX 76706

Want more information? Contact the McLennan County Hunger Coalition at 254-224-8486 or email them at mclennanhunger@gmail.com. You may also visit them online at www.mclennanhunger.org.

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Cuts to SNAP Will Hurt Texas Families Struggling to Afford Food

April 19, 2012

One in six Texas families are at risk of going hungry

(AUSTIN, Texas) ─ The Center for Public Policy Priorities released the following statement today regarding yesterday’s vote by the U.S. House of Representative’s Agriculture Committee to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps).

“Yesterday’s vote by the U.S. House of Representative’s Agriculture Committee to cut SNAP by $33 billion will hurt the families struggling to afford food in this time of high unemployment and economic distress. A cut of this magnitude would affect over 300,000 Texas families who will struggle to put food on the table without the support SNAP provides. SNAP was designed to expand when unemployment is high and contract as economic conditions improve. In this way the program assures that Texans stay healthy during period of job loss and stimulates our struggling economy. Cuts to this program will only weaken our nation’s ability to weather these rough economic times and return to prosperity.

“We are particularly concerned that some Texas’ members of Congress—who represent a state where one in six families struggle to afford food—voted to cut SNAP so deeply.

“Instead of weakening America’s safety net, our members of Congress should look for ways to lower unemployment and increase the economic stability of our nation and state.”

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The Center for Public Policy Priorities is a nonpartisan, nonprofit policy institute committed to improving public policies to make a better Texas.

Learn more about the Center at http://www.cppp.org. Read this article online by visiting http://cppp.org/files/3/2012_04_19_SNAP_CUTS.pdf

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FRAC Decries House Agriculture Committee Vote to Slash SNAP

April 18, 2012

This article can be found online at http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5118/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=10037

Washington, D.C. – April 18, 2012 — The House Agriculture Committee voted today to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by more than $33 billion – a cut that spares no household from seeing its benefits reduced and that would result in millions of low-income people being forced out of the program.

Low-income people will have less money for food.

  • Ending the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s boost to SNAP benefits this summer will mean reduced benefits for recipients – the maximum benefit for a household of four would fall by $57 per month through the remainder of 2012.
  • The proposal to limit the state option known as “Heat and Eat” will reduce SNAP benefits for households eligible for but receiving the smallest, least adequate LIHEAP benefits. This cut would impact 4.7 million SNAP recipients.

SNAP recipients will be pushed out of the program.

  • By limiting states’ ability to administer the categorical eligibility option, an estimated three million SNAP recipients would lose eligibility. This cut also will take free school breakfast and lunch away from more than 280,000 low-income children, and will vastly increase state administrative costs and red tape.

“SNAP works, and today’s vote to slash funding for this program is misguided, harmful, and shows complete indifference to the basic needs of 46 million Americans. When jobs disappeared and wages shrank, SNAP was there to help struggling Americans put food on the table. Today’s vote places the burden of deficit reduction on the most vulnerable among us, and means less food in the refrigerator for already hungry families,” said FRAC President Jim Weill. “Attempts to dismiss such cuts as ‘accounting’ fixes ignore the real impact such proposals have on people and their ability to purchase food.”

FRAC recently released an analysis of food hardship in the mostly rural districts of members of the House Agriculture Committee, and found that food hardship is as prevalent in these districts as it is in the rest of the nation.

“Hunger is prevalent in every community in America, but SNAP has played an essential role in helping to alleviate that hunger,” said Weill. “Americans also reject such cuts and recognize the importance of SNAP. Seventy-seven percent of voters said that cutting SNAP would be the wrong way to reduce government spending. Congress must oppose attempts to shred our safety net, and instead tackle hunger with the zeal that the situation – and that the public – demand.”


FPTF Town Hall HUGE Success!

April 17, 2012

Today at 2pm, the Food Planning Task Force of McLennan County hosted its first Town Hall Meeting of 2012 to a packed house at the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. Work group leaders spoke, committees reported, and residents joined together to help end food insecurity in McLennan County.

Over the next for weeks, be watching for updates and special announcements. And, if you missed today’s Town Hall, we will post the details of the reports here.

Your voice matters! Help us to end food insecurity in McLennan County by 2015.

-The FPTF Team


FPTF Town Hall Meeting TOMORROW!

April 16, 2012

When: 2pm-4pm on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

Where: Greater Waco Chamber at 101 S. 3rd.

Join us for work group updates, special speakers and a Summer Meals announcement!

Your voice matters! Partners are needed to help end hunger in McLennan County by 2015. See you tomorrow!


Mark your calendars! April 17th Town Hall Meeting Announced.

April 6, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Food Planning Task Force of McLennan County Announces Town Hall Meeting

 [WACO, TX – April 2, 2012]—The Food Planning Task Force of McLennan County is a diverse group of organizations, businesses, and individuals working together to end hunger in McLennan County. The Task Force has scheduled a Town Hall Meeting April 17th from 2-4 pm where several of its work groups will present and update attendees on their efforts to address hunger in McLennan County.  Attendees include members of the McLennan County Hunger Coalition, Caritas of Waco, Meals on Wheels, and World Hunger Relief, Inc. There will also be an update on the Summer Meals program and information on how the community can get involved with Summer Meals.

The Town Hall Meeting is April 17th from 2-4 pm in the Cooper Room at the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.

The public is invited to the meeting. It is a great opportunity to see what the Food Planning Task Force is doing in the community and to ask questions and offer feedback.

For more information, please contact:

Shamethia Webb

FPTF Coordinator

Texas Hunger Initiative

Shamethia_Webb@baylor.edu

(254) 757-5638

OR

Alexis Christenson

Field Organizer

Food Planning Task Force

fptfmc@gmail.com

(254) 757-5638


Nearly 46.5 Million Americans Participated in SNAP in January 2012

April 4, 2012

Slight Dip Overall Leaves Caseloads Just Shy of National Record
Program Responds to Unemployment and Underemployment

SNAP national participation in January 2012 dipped to 46,449,850 people, down by 64,307 people from the record SNAP participation levels of December 2011. 28 states registered over-the-month caseload increases and all but four states registered increases over the prior January levels.

Unemployment and underemployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people have contributed to SNAP caseload growth in recent years. More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP –that percentage (15.0%) is comparable to the percentage of the American workforce affected by unemployment or underemployment (15.1 % according to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 Measure).

To read more and download the January 2012 Participation Tables, visit http://frac.org/reports-and-resources/snapfood-stamp-monthly-participation-data.