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United Food Bank
United Food Bank • 46 weeks ago

Such an interesting tool - Think food stamps are something used only by people in far-away, poor communities? Think again. A handy interactive tool from Slate.com will show you just how many folks right in your own community rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps.

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"I remember the night my mom explained food stamps and “government cheese” to me." Jason Robison writes about his childhood experiences with food assistance. For @STLAreaFoodbank blog. @Jason Robison

Many Americans believe that churches and charities should be the ones feeding the nation's hungry people. But tens of millions of people need food assistance every year-and just a tiny percentage of this assistance (1 in every 24 bags of food) is provided by charity. Charity alone is simply not a realistic solution.

For nearly four decades, the St. Louis Area Foodbank has been feeding families in need. In that time, we’ve discovered that the people who work the hardest to help others are often the same folks who need help themselves. They say it is better to give than to receive. While everyone needs help from time to time, we are proud that so many of those who receive food from our agencies are also those who give back. Thank you for viewing our annual report.

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Jennifer Noonan at home with her two children, Portland, Ore. Before the cut, she was receiving $524/month in SNAP benefits. Now she receive...