Cuts to FNS on the horizon

Cuts to Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) are scheduled to go into effect on November 1, 2013, resulting in an average benefit of about $1.40 per person per meal. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, North Carolina will experience $166 million in cuts during fiscal year 2014.

The cuts to FNS will come at a particularly difficult time for low-income North Carolinians. The state currently has the fifth highest unemployment rate in the country. And, recent reductions in unemployment benefits are expected to impact 170,000 unemployed adults in the state during the second half of 2013.

Read more about the looming cuts to FNS in a report by the NC Justice Center.

*Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) is known as SNAP at the federal level.

Food & Nutrition Services is helping during slow economic recovery

An article in the Huffington Post states that SNAP (or FNS, as it’s known in North Carolina) is helping low-income households recover from the Great Recession.  While the recession technically ended in June 2009, recovery has been slow for many low- and middle-income households.  Unemployment remains high in North Carolina (9.4% as of February 2013, one of the highest unemployment rates in the country).  As NC Policy Watch has reported, many of the jobs created in North Carolina since the end of the recession have been in the low-wage service industry.  As a result, many households continue to need the extra support that Food & Nutrition Services provides.  Historically, as households feel more financially secure, FNS participation decreases.



Asheville Metro Area experiencing increased poverty and food stamp caseloads

Like many parts of North Carolina, the Asheville Metro Area is experiencing increased poverty and unemployment, and as a result, increased caseloads at the local DSS offices.  Individuals and families are having a tough time making ends meet and finding work that allows them to pay their bills.  They are relying on the good work of community organizations and valuable government supports to get them through this difficult economic climate.  Read more in the Mountain Express.

Triad families hit hard by the economy

The economic recession gripping the nation is having ripple effects in North Carolina with higher unemployment rates and a rise in poverty.  These conditions have meant more people are in need of food assistance.  Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC is now serving one in eight people in the Triad region, and participation in Food & Nutrition Services (formerly the Food Stamp Program) is rapidly increasing in the region and throughout the state.  Read more on this story in the Greensboro News & Record