SNAP benefits

http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap

  An expansion in the eligibility of federal food benefits could help local families and elderly.  It might also boost the local economy – if people take advantage.

The big change in the SNAP program is raising the eligibility threshold to 150% of the federal poverty level.  Food Bank of Central New York Outreach Director Amalia Swan can see a significant impact on those struggling.

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Two therapy aides at Hutchings Psychiatric Center and nine others have been arrested for their roles in a scheme to steal benefit cards from mental health residents and use them to make unauthorized purchases.  

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Food Bank of Central New York

The face of hunger is changing locally, according to an assessment completed by the Food Bank of Central New York.  The Food Bank recently wrapped up a survey of the scope of hunger in the region, and the results supported stories they’ve heard from their emergency food program partners.  Food Bank Executive Director Kathleen Stress says the picture of hunger has traditionally been a homeless man visiting a soup kitchen.  Now, she says it’s shifted, and it can be more present in your daily lives than you might expect: