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Letter From the Editor: SNAP

The “Dakota Queen,” piloted by George McGovern, had been hit hard by enemy fire while over the Skoda works at Pilsen, Czechoslovakia – a facility that produced arms for the Nazis. One engine had fallen off and the other was in flames. The plane was going down. McGovern quickly launched his bombs, turned the plane… Continue Reading

SNAP Participants to Have Greater Farmers’ Market Access

Farmers’ markets have not traditionally been a go-to source of food for those enrolled in nutrition assistance programs. But with a new grant to help states bring wireless technology to these venues, the Obama administration hopes to make it possible for more farmers to redeem food vouchers from customers.    The $4 million in funding… Continue Reading

SNAP: the Other Corporate Subsidy in the Farm Bill?

This week Congress begins hearings on the 2012 farm bill, the massive piece of legislation that gets updated about every five years and undergirds America’s entire food supply, but that few mortals can even understand. As nutrition professor Marion Nestle recently lamented, “no one has any idea what the farm bill is about. It’s too… Continue Reading

Nutrition Assistance Programs Receive Government Boost

At a time when more and more people are relying on nutrition assistance programs, the government is signaling its commitment to improving these initiatives.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Friday awarded $2.2 million in grants that will help it evaluate and enhance its food assistance programs.  The money was divided between 10 research projects in… Continue Reading

USDA Releases Farmers Market Guide to SNAP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the release of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at Farmers Markets: A How-To Handbook.  The handbook provides farmers market managers with step-by-step directions on how to install Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) machines and accept SNAP benefits. Agriculture Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Edward M. Avalos… Continue Reading

USDA Unveils New SNAP Consumer Resources

This week, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled new  resources meant to foster increased participation and expanded access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). New promotional materials entitled “We Welcome SNAP Benefits” will be displayed in participating retailers nationwide.  The program was formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. “Underscoring… Continue Reading