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Friday 12/20/13

The Nuances of LIHEAP, SNAP and Heat and Eat
Following some concerns expressed about an article I wrote on Thursday, I have to build on some of the comments by Sen. Tom Harkin about potential nutrition cuts in the farm-bill conference negotiations.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:43AM CST 12/20/13 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
Thanks Chris, I have not heard the "Heat and Eat" term before. I believe other areas such as the earned income tax credit is another area which needs to be looked at. Abuse by counties and states to generate revenues encourages abuse in many areas. For example, believe it or not, some school districts turn a profit in the hot lunch program.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:49AM CST 12/21/13
We need to work twice as hard at getting people back to work as finding ways to qualify them for SNAP & LIHEAP benefits. At this Christmas time of year - giving should be all about giving a person back their natural human need to be a valued person in this great country. Our elected people and other government people have been working on improving the SNAP program and other helping programs for over 30 plus years with only one result - the US spends more money each year and we have solved nothing to get people back to work which will get them feeling good about themselves and proud to live in this great country. Helping people in need is always going to be needed however the United States in the past SNAP years has not figured out how to really help people in need.
Posted by John Finley at 8:43AM CST 12/23/13
The policies of this once great country has sent many of jobs outside the US. As a kid growing up I remember going to tractor dealerships with the ole man for tractor parts, and noting then just how much stuff was produced in this country in comparison to today, it is a shame. I do not see how we will sustain ourselves, with the road we are currently on.
Posted by GWL 61 at 6:41AM CST 12/24/13
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