The face of SNAP (food stamps) is not one of dependency

The importance of safety net programs is to assist our neighbors in getting back on their feet.  A strong country must recognize that this is a shared responsibility.  We have all heard anecdotal stories of “dependency,” but how many of us are one illness, injury, divorce or job loss away from needing some help to getting back to where [...]
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Volunteers ROCK!

Volunteers are the heart of the Vermont Foodbank. Without them, thousands of pounds of food would not be sorted, packed and distributed, events wouldn’t be properly staffed and projects not completed. By the end of this year Foodbank volunteers will have given nearly 10,000 hours of their time sorting and packing food, gleaning produce from [...]
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US poverty rate 15 percent; record numbers persist

The U.S. Census released new statistics today, which find that more than 46 million Americans, 1 in 7, lived in poverty in 2011, approximately the same as 2010: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/news_conferences/20120912_ip_newsconf.html The poverty threshold for a family of four was $22,811 in 2011. The report also found that 15.5 million children, 1 in 5 American children, live [...]
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