Jefferson Exchange | March 10, 2014 | 8:00
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Mon March 10, 2014

Food Stamp Cuts Past and Future

Robyn Johnson talks about the effects of Oregon Trail ("food stamp") use in the state.

The latest federal figures show more than 47 million Americans receiving "food stamps," the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

Oregon's version of SNAP: the Oregon Trail Card.

But that number is already smaller than a year earlier. 

Few people celebrate the reduction, because it has less to do with life circumstances improving than with Congress simply voting to cut the program. 

We hear from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon about the current status: roughly 800,000 people using Oregon Trail (Cal Fresh in California)... and many find that the amount is not quite enough to cover a month's worth of groceries. 

 

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