A number of articles have appeared in the past few weeks and months, written by various advocacy groups on the ‘Heat and Eat’ issue. Together, they provide a compelling story about new, threatened safety net cuts for New Jersey families. Selected articles are:
- Overburdened NJ Food Pantries Challenged To Feed More Hungry Clients by Hank Kalet, July 7, 2014
- NJFA Supports Heat and Eat from the New Jersey Foundation for Aging, June 27, 2014
- Heat & Eat Legislation Passed with Bi-Partisan Support, from the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, June 26, 2014
- Four Reasons New Jersey Should Maintain its ‘Heat and Eat’ Program Times of Trenton Op-Ed by Raymond Castro, May 26, 2014
- Heat and Eat: State Responses to the Changed Federal Law, Food Research and Action Center, March 21, 2014
- How to Avoid Food Stamp Cuts to 160,000 New Jersey Households NJ Spotlight Op-Ed by Raymond Castro, March 12, 2014
The bill now awaits action by Governor Christie.
Today I received a weekly news digest (Issue #3 – January 17, 2012) from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). One of their articles – which I want to pass on – is titled “USDA Farmers’ Market Directory Now Offers SNAP/Food Stamp Search”.
It reads as follows: “SNAP/Food Stamp recipients can now use USDA’s National Farmers’ Market Directory to search for nearby farmers’ markets accepting the benefits. WIC and Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program participants can also find markets accepting their benefits. The upgrades are part of “serious enhancements to the data based on feedback from you – consumers, business people, producers, to name a few.” USDA hopes this will encourage more people to visit farmers’ markets “and stimulate communities through new business and healthier lifestyles.”
The article originally appeared in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Blog on December 28 under the title of “7,175 Markets and Counting: Farmers Markets At Your Fingertips”.
You can check out the Farmers Markets Search database at http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/. Enjoy and good luck finding farmer fresh produce.