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Day of action focuses on CT undocumented's healthcare needs; 7 jurors seated in first Trump criminal trial; ND looks to ease 'upskill' obstacles for former college students; Black Maternal Health Week ends, health disparities persist.

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Seven jury members were seated in Trump's hush money case. House Speaker Johnson could lose his job over Ukraine aid. And the SCOTUS heard oral arguments in a case that could undo charges for January 6th rioters.

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Fears grow that low-income folks living in USDA housing could be forced out, North Carolina's small and Black-owned farms are helped by new wind and solar revenues, and small towns are eligible for grants to boost civic participation..

Kentuckians Kick-Off Hunger Action Month

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Monday, August 21, 2023   

As anti-hunger advocates gather today at the state Capitol to launch Feeding Kentucky's Hunger Action Month kickoff, experts say the next Farm Bill -- the nation's largest nutrition and agricultural legislation -- will decide the fate of many of the federal food programs Kentuckians rely on.

Cassidy Wheeler, advocacy coordinator for Feeding Kentucky, said new work reporting requirements are expected to impact many Kentuckians 50 and older who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.

"13,000 Kentuckians who are between the ages of 50 and 55, they're at risk of losing their SNAP benefits because of these new requirements that got put into place with the debt ceiling negotiations," Wheeler explained.

The U.S. House is expected to pass its version of the Farm Bill at the end of September. According to the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, in 2020 SNAP provided food assistance to 219,000 children, 60,000 people over the age of 60, and more than 20,000 adults.

Amid soaring gas and grocery prices, and cost-of living expenses, Wheeler noted the Farm Bill also provides an opportunity to strengthen The Emergency Food Assistance Program known as TEFAP.

"It supplies over 20% of food to food banks," Wheeler reported. "If you've ever heard of people go into a food bank monthly to get kind of boxes of food, that's TEFAP."

This year, nearly two-thirds of responding food banks reported an increase in demand for food assistance, according to Feeding America's latest food bank pulse survey.

Disclosure: The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky contributes to our fund for reporting on Children's Issues, Health Issues, and Smoking Prevention. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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