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March 26, 2010


CALIFORNIA WATCH - As record numbers of Californians struggle to put food on the table, programs designed to help the hungry are under stress.

An examination by California Watch and reporters from USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism shows that food banks and food stamps, two key safety net programs for poor people in the Golden State, are sagging under soaring demand and long-ignored problems that impair their effectiveness.

In recession-battered California, an unprecedented 11 million people – more than one in four – live in households that are "food insecure," meaning they lack regular access to sufficient food, according to a survey by UCLA's Center for Health Policy Research.

Yet the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reported that as many as 2.9 million Californians who are eligible for federal food-stamp aid don't receive these benefits. . .

Experts says a labyrinth of bureaucratic rules, regulations and requirements – created by state officials to check welfare fraud – have deterred huge numbers of eligible Californians from applying for food stamps.

Boosting the state's low rate of participation in the food stamp program would pump as much as $3.7 billion per year into California's economy, advocates say.

It would also ease pressure on the charities and local agencies that provided free food to an estimated four million Californians last year via a network of foods banks.

Food banks form a vital front line in the battle against hunger in California. Last year they doled out 302 million pounds of free food in California, according to Feeding America, a national anti-hunger group. Four million people were served last year, according to an estimate based on reports from California food banks.


Anonymous We don't need no stinking green card. said...

You remember when Bill, "the first Black president", Clinton pushed through the fed law stripping constitutional protections from landed immigrants and laying the groundwork for the patriot act and the massive defecation upon the US Constitution by the traitorous corporate nazis in the congress and the executive branch and the judicial branch? Well one of the obvious consequences has been the demonization and persecution of anyone who might be construed to be an "illegal immigrant" (How the hell can a human being be illegal?). So now Latinos let their kids go hungry for fear of being deported? Makes you proud to be a fuckin' american don't it?

March 26, 2010 6:46 PM  

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