Food stamps

5:30 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Chart: Since Recession Food Stamp Usage Continues to Increase

A new analysis from a rural non-profit shows western Kentuckians using food stamps has continued to increase, but the region is faring better than the state as a whole.

An analysis of USDA data from the rural non-profit The Daily Yonder shows more than 17 percent of people in our region relied on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, or food stamps, in 2011. That number for the state as a whole that year: more than 19 percent.

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Farm Bill
2:37 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Comer Doubts Farm Bill Compromise Will happen This Session

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The four subcommittee leaders charged with finding a compromise on the federal Farm Bill are scheduled to meet tomorrow, just ten days before a Dec. 13 deadline to reach a compromise.

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5:28 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

The Local Impact of the Food Stamp Debate

Aleatha Moore of Paducah received brain damage from a car accident as a child and has received federal assistant her whole life. She says she can't survive without the help.
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 Just as the federal government came to a grinding halt, a bill responsible for feeding millions of Americans quietly expired. It is this Farm Bill, which contains funding for food stamps, known as the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

36 year-old and Paducah resident Aleatha Moore is one of those Americans. 

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10:12 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Kentuckians to See Food Stamp Reduction

Nearly 870,000 Kentuckians will see a decrease in their food stamp benefits.   The change comes as federal recovery dollars dry up.

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Farm Bill
12:45 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Farm Bill Uncertainty Could Affect Food/Dairy Prices

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With the U.S. government reopened and a budget crisis averted for now, Congress has shifted it's attention towards the Farm Bill. 

The multi-year legislation governs agriculture programs and ranges from regulating food prices and rural development to conservation and nutrition assistance. The bill has caused contention among members over spending cuts, and the past shutdown has only slowed discussion.  

Kentucky Farm Bureau Director of National Affairs Joe Cain said if Congress doesn’t reauthorize crop insurance provisions by the January 1st deadline, it would cause uncertainty for farming lenders and could result in a rise in food prices.

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3:22 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Congress Debates Legislative Cuts To Food Stamps Program

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The Kentucky agency that oversees the federal nutrition program, formally known as food stamps, is critical of a piece of Congressional legislation to cut billions of dollars from the program. In western Kentucky, more than 42,000 households in the 1st congressional district receive financial assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.

Kentucky Community Health Services Assistant Communication Director Gwenda Bond said any SNAP benefit reduction will hurt those using assistance to help meet their nutrition needs. 

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