The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

So this is basically what you’re going to see in mostly every corner store: food stamps and lottery. Perfect, huh? Great combination, food stamps and lottery. The lottery gives the poor people dreams to win something that they’re probably never going to win. Giving your money away to try to have that one chance out of a billion.

Emergency Food Assistance

Emergency food assistance is typically distributed at food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the city.  Emergency food assistance provides groceries and/or hot meals to those in need, but supply varies greatly and distributors are often unable to meet the demand. Experts agree that emergency food assistance cannot be expected to fill the shortcomings of the food stamp allotment.

Current Issue

The majority of emergency food distributed comes from The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).  Like other programs in the nutrition safety net, federal funding for TEFAP may be at risk in the current deficit reduction negotiations.

 

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