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Food Stamp Cuts Past and Future

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The latest federal figures show more than 47 million Americans receiving "food stamps," the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

But that number is already smaller than a year earlier. 

Few people celebrate the reduction, because it has less to do with life circumstances improving than with Congress simply voting to cut the program.  We hear from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon about the current status: roughly 800,000 people using Oregon Trail (Cal Fresh in California)... and many find that the amount is not quite enough to cover a month's worth of groceries. 

 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.