MSNBC: Governors Move to Block Farm Bill's Food Stamp Cuts
February 28, 2014
'Nearly 350,000 households have received a temporary reprieve from the food stamp cuts included in the 2014 Farm Bill, which was originally expected to cost as many as 850,000 households an average $90 per month in benefits. To get around the proposed cut, New York and Connecticut will simply raise federal heating subsidies for all the affected households to just barely meet the threshold.
'In New York alone, which was originally expected to absorb up to 30% of the Farm Bill’s food stamp cuts, that means nearly 300,000 households will get to keep an average $127 per month in benefits which they would have otherwise lost. Food Bank For New York City President Margarette Purvis, who also chairs Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Anti-Hunger Task Force, said she was ecstatic over the news.
'“It’s a huge deal,” she said. “This Farm Bill cut has been our nightmare.”' Read more...
Governor Cuomo: New York State will Step in to Save Food Stamp Benefits for 300,000 Households
February 26, 2014
Governor Cuomo announced that New York State will increase aid to 300,000 households who stand to lose SNAP (formerly known as food stamp) benefits with the recent passage of the Farm Bill. Food Bank President and CEO Margarette Purvis, as chair of the Governor's Anti-Hunger Task Force
, applauded Cuomo's leadership:
“The Farm Bill that Congress passed and the President signed would have delivered a harsh blow to needy New Yorkers already struggling to put food on the table. Acting in true New York spirit, Governor Cuomo has worked to make sure that our neighbors are not left exposed to the cruel whims of Washington.” Read the full press release
Wall Street Journal: A Time of Reckoning for Emergency Food Providers
February 17, 2014
'When a cut to food-stamp benefits went into effect in November, the impact was felt immediately by the area's food pantries and soup kitchens. They say they are still struggling to meet the increased need.
'Margarette Purvis, president and chief executive of the Food Bank for New York City, which distributes 74 million pounds of food annually, summed up the situation: "We cannot replace the food they are losing." Overall, 85% of member agencies saw a jump in visitors in November 2013 when compared with November 2012, according to an internal survey.'
Anatomy of a Hunger Crisis: MSNBC Taps Food Bank to Understand Cuts
February 11, 2014
'A visit to a typical New York food pantry is supposed to get you nine meals, enough to last for three days. While the pantry bags may sometimes include fresh produce or fresh bread, most of the items distributed are a little more humble than that: Maybe some canned chicken, some rice, a couple single-serving packets of oatmeal. Some recipients may be able to stretch their monthly allotment further than others, but that bag of food will never be more than a stopgap to get you to the next paycheck, the next round of food stamp benefits, or—in especially desperate times—the next food pantry visit.' Read the full article...