Food Stamps

Audit
2:01 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

State Auditors: Idaho Misspent $2.5 Million In Welfare Funds

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

State auditors say the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare misspent $2.5 million in federal funding on salaries instead of using it for food stamps and other assistance for Idaho's poorest residents.

The finding by the Office of Performance Evaluation was part of the state's annual audit of how federal cash is used.

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Food Stamps
6:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Some States Working To Negate Federal Food Stamp Cutbacks

File photo of a woman using her EBT card in Portland, Ore., to purchase food.
Brian Duss Bread for the World

In Olympia, Washington policymakers are pondering whether to make an end run around looming cutbacks in the federally-funded food stamp program.

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Farm Bill
5:04 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Idaho Senators Help Pass Farm Bill Despite Objections From Ranchers

Sugar beet growing near Caldwell
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s senators Tuesday sided with a majority of their colleges to pass the revamped farm bill. It now goes to President Obama for a signature. Both Idaho senators had said they were undecided in the days leading up to the vote.

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Congress
11:10 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Labrador, Simpson Vote For Farm Bill; Crapo Still Unsure

Credit CompassioninWorldFarming / Flickr

Idaho’s Republican delegation in the U.S. House voted early Wednesday in favor of the new farm bill. Rep. Raul Labrador and Rep. Mike Simpson cast votes in favor of the legislation, which cuts more than $8 billion in food stamp spending while ending a direct subsidy to crop farmers. It also expands crop insurance programs backed by the federal government.

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Economy
5:48 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Federal Food Stamp Cuts Take Effect

File photo of a woman using her EBT card in Portland, Ore. to purchase food.
Brian Duss Bread for the World

Northwest residents who rely on food stamps will have to pinch their pennies even more. Starting Friday, federal food assistance benefits are being cut.

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Food Stamps
3:33 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Why Idahoans Can Expect A 5 Percent Decrease In Food Stamp Benefits Next Month

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A temporary increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, expires at the end of October. That means 47 million Americans, including 221,717  people in Idaho, will see less money each month for food.

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Immigration
11:55 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Idaho Senator Crapo Predicts Future Of Immigration, Farm Bills

Credit Courtesy of Sen. Mike Crapo's office

Supporters of the Senate immigration bill got a boost today from the Congressional Budget Office.  The CBO report says the bill would boost the economy and reduce federal deficits.  But last night, the House approved an immigration bill increasing criminal penalties against anyone in the U.S. illegally. 

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Food Stamps
3:18 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

What A $955 Billion Farm Bill Means For Idaho

SNAP card
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The U.S. Senate passed a $955 billion Farm Bill Monday.  It covers everything from crop insurance to conservation, to commodity programs. 

But by far the largest part of the bill is for food stamps known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.  States receive $760 billion for  those in need.  Right now, Idaho gets $29 million a month from the federal government for SNAP benefits.

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Hunger In Idaho
6:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Idaho Foodbank Classes Help Stretch Food Dollars

Instructor Jessyca Tyler gets ready for her Cooking Matters class.
Samantha Wright Boise State Public Radio

As of January, more than 231,000 people in Idaho were on food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.  The average Idaho recipient receives about $128 per month.  For many, that’s not enough, and they rely on food pantries and family members for help.  The Idaho Foodbank has a program designed to teach nutrition and food budgeting to those on limited incomes.

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Food Stamps
7:00 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Mapping Food Insecurity And Food Stamp Use In Idaho

In January, 231,647 people in Idaho were on food stamps.  The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, helps low-income families.  But in Idaho, 17 percent of people are food insecure.  The hunger relief charity Feeding America says they don’t have access to enough food for an active, healthy life. 

Click on a county to find out how many people are on food stamps, and how many are food insecure.

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Food
1:37 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Idaho Farmers Markets Eligible For Food Stamp Grants

Scott Graf Boise State Public Radio

 

The USDA this week announced $4-million in funding to help equip more farmers markets with the ability to take food stamp swipe cards.  Idaho’s portion of the allotment is about $45,000. 

According to the USDA,  only ten of the state’s 58 markets have the technology to accept food stamp cards, known as SNAP cards.   

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