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PNS Daily Newscast - August 19, 2019. 


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Public News Service - IN: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Much of the food bought by the United States government from farmers to reduce the impact of trade disputes ends up going to food banks. (Greg Vojtko/U.S. Navy/Wikipedia)

INDIANAPOLIS – International trade fights are having an unexpected upside for Indiana programs that focus on feeding the hungry. To make up in part for the lost overseas markets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is buying much more food from producers, and that food ends up at food banks a

The abundance at a well-stocked grocery store is only an ideal for some parts of Indiana. (ElasticComputeFarm/Pixabay)

INDIANAPOLIS – Congress is considering steps to bring healthy groceries to food deserts in Indiana and across the country. Grocery stores work on a notoriously thin margin. And as Kate Howe, managing director of the Indy Hunger Network, points out, when some grocers close, the folks in impov

In 2017, 7.7% of American seniors were at risk of going hungry. (Feeding America)

INDIANAPOLIS – Despite a strong economy, the number of seniors at risk of going hungry remains stubbornly high. According to a new report from Feeding America, 5.5 million U.S. seniors were food insecure in 2017 – and the percentage who were missing meals has remained near the same level

According to the grocery industry, some stores depend on purchases made with SNAP benefits for as much as half of their sales. (Pixabay)

INDIANAPOLIS - A plan to put work requirements on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - formerly food stamps - would cost the American economy nearly $180,000 jobs, according to a new analysis. Language requiring that able-bodied adults prove they are working or moving toward jobs to get

More than 600,000 people in Indiana rely on food assistance through SNAP to put food on the table. (USDA)

INDIANAPOLIS — With the federal government shutdown in its fourth week, state and federal leaders, along with hunger-fighting groups, are working to ensure struggling Hoosiers are able to put food on the table. Under the direction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Indiana Family and

Food banks say making SNAP benefits harder to get could increase demand at food pantries. (American Heart Association)

INDIANAPOLIS – A U.S. House and Senate conference committee is finalizing a huge farm bill. And state and national hunger groups want folks to speak up about how the competing bills handle food programs. Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of the group Feeding Indiana's Hungry, says the

States that have tried adding tighter work requirements to SNAP programs report more families showing up at food pantries. (Pixabay)

INDIANAPOLIS – Possible changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) now under debate in Congress could overwhelm the faith groups that run some of Indiana's hunger fighting programs. Rules added to SNAP under a proposal in the House could include much tighter income and w

Food pantries in Indiana say proposed changes could get in the way of feeding children and families. (Pixabay)

INDIANAPOLIS – Changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) now under debate in Congress could trigger what observers and a new report say is an explosion of red tape and bureaucracy for Indiana. Rules added to SNAP, formerly food stamps, could include much tighter income

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