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Participants in WIC, the federal nutrition assistance program for women, infants, and children, can now get vouchers to buy food at farmers markets across Colorado.

ID Food Banks See Need Grow as Emergency SNAP Ends

May 26, 2021
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Food banks have seen increased need since pandemic-related food benefits expired in Idaho. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare decided not to extend SNAP Emergency Allotments in the state, which were designed to increase benefits to the lowest-income households during the pandemic shutdown.

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For many students, money is scarce and getting a college education means making sacrifices, but it shouldn't mean going hungry.

Advocates: Ending Hunger in Utah, U.S. Should be Biden’s Top Priority

Feb 3, 2021
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In his first week in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order extending a temporary increase in SNAP benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kailey Foster- Dr. Kelsey Hall, an associate professor in agricultural Communications at Utah State University, will be hosting a series of webinars from November 5 through December 3. that aims to provide farmers and ranchers the opportunity to expand their customer base by implementing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs or snap for their CSA’s, farm stands and stores.

COVID-19 Program Funds Meals for Idaho Kids

Sep 10, 2020
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After the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools, many Idaho students were left without their regular school meals. Now, a program approved by Congress is providing about $300 to families to make up for those meals they missed.

'Heroes Act' Could Help Feed Hungry Utahns

May 19, 2020
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The newest COVID-19 relief bill, the “Heroes Act”, that just passed in the U.S. House of Representatives would — if passed by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by President Trump — provide low-income Utah families and individuals with nearly $45 million extra over the next 16 months to purchase groceries or food at farmers markets. 

As social distancing measures are being taken during the global coronavirus pandemic, many Utahns may find themselves in need of additional food resources. Utahns Against Hunger have compiled a list of resources that are avalible. That list can be found here.

Big Changes To Farm Bill Halted After Last Election

Dec 13, 2018

The farm bill is managed the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is the primary budget and policy for agriculture and nutrition programs nationally. The 2018 $867 billion version of the bill was projected to go in a different direction than in years past, but experts say it looks almost identical to the last bill.

The contract that allows low-income families to use SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, to buy food  from farmers markets was set to expire at the peak of summer and the growing season for farmers.
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The contract that allows low-income families to use SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, to buy food  from farmers markets was set to expire at the peak of summer and the growing season for farmers. The tight knit community of farmers markets came together to find a way for low-income families to continue receiving fresh produce from local markets.

People who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, could lose the ability to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers markets by the end of the month. Officials in Utah are working to avoid impacts on farmers and SNAP customers.
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People who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, could lose the ability to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets by the end of the month. Officials in Utah are working to avoid impacts on farmers and SNAP customers.

Farm Bill Debate In Congress Could Put Food Stamps At Risk

Jan 11, 2018
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When Congress takes up the $140 billion farm bill, food programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, could face funding cuts under a GOP push for welfare reform.  Anti-hunger advocates are concerned that millions of Americans could lose access to healthy foods if SNAP benefits are reduced or eliminated.