“Chiefpr” writes to one reader who’s been out of work: “Get training to better yourself and DO NOT have kids until you can feed them. But do not demand I do all that and support you …” But the truth refutes the cliches: Feeding America says participation in SNAP, or the food stamp program, “historically follows unemployment with a slight lag.” Speier slams GOP slashing food stamps Mayor Booker: Food stamp living is hard Unemployment increases food stamp rolls, not people with children who go looking for aid. And unemployment has been abnormally high because of the recession that began under the previous president. In fact, USA Today found that “under President George W. Bush, the number of recipients rose by nearly 14.7 million . Nothing before comes close to that.” With employment increasing, “the Congressional Budget Offices projects SNAP participation to begin declining in 2015.” Shaun Kirkpatrick commented: “There was a work requirement for welfare. Bill Clinton did that during his welfare reform that most working people applauded. To make sure he got the votes and make Republicans look greedy and evil, Obama removed the work requirement …” Kirkpatrick’s perception is prevalent on the Web. But that information comes from a 2012 Mitt Romney political ad that got it dead wrong . Obama actually encouraged the states to strengthen their work requirements. Also, of course, welfare is not the same as food stamps.
Donna Brazile takes on food stamp critics
Click through to see other winners of the international honors. Napa Farms Market at San Francisco International Airport was awarded for best to-go food. The market, by Tastes on the Fly, also won for “best airport food and beverage reflecting sense of place.” The Red Lion at the London Gatwick Airport North Terminal received the award for best airport bar. Best wine bar honors were awarded to Cru Wine Bar at Denver International Airport. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s Concourse F food court took top honors. Shake Shack at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport received the award for best quick service dining. HIDE CAPTION Best airport ‘food to go’ Best airport bar Best fast food/quick service restaurant << Four U.S. airports won a total of six awards Copenhagen's airport took home three awards Awards included best coffee shop, best wine bar and best food court (CNN) — These aren't your stereotypical greasy airport burger and fries. Airports from the United States, England and Denmark dominated the Moodie Report 's third annual Airport Food & Beverage Awards, which were announced Wednesday evening in Dubai. "We have been deeply impressed by the volume and, more importantly, quality of nominations this year," said Martin Moodie, Moodie Report founder and chairman, in a statement prior to the awards announcement. The Moodie Report owns and produces the conference and the awards. "There's plenty of innovation and an intriguing reflection of a number of the sector's most notable trends," Moodie said. Best airport coffee shop: Joe & The Juice, Copenhagen Airport Best airport "food to go": Napa Farms Market, San Francisco International Airport Best airport food and beverage sense of place: Napa Farms Market, San Francisco International Airport Best airport bar: The Red Lion, London Gatwick Airport North Terminal Best airport wine bar: Cru Wine Bar, Denver International Airport Best airport casual dining restaurant: Giraffe, London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Best airport chef-led dining: Le Sommelier Bar & Bistro (based on chef Francis Cardenau's restaurant in downtown Copenhagen), Copenhagen Airport Best airport food court: Concourse F food court, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Best fast food/quick service restaurant: Shake Shack, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport Awards were handed out in 15 categories.
Food aid for women and children may last slightly longer in a shutdown than first thought
(Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post.) A food-aid program for poor women and children may have more life in it during the federal government shutdown than initially expected. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided further guidance to state agencies on funding available for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). And it suggests that some resources will be immediately available to states. The upshot is that many states should be able to keep their WIC programs open through October using federal funds and possibly even longer using states funds, Zoe Neuberger, a senior policy analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said in an e-mail about the updated guidance. WIC provides states with grants for food aid, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income women and children. When the USDA first issued guidance late last week, WIC seemed vulnerable even in a short-term shutdown. States would be able to borrow funds from some sources to keep the program running for a week or so, according to that earlier guidance, but they would likely be unable to sustain operations for a longer period. Even contingency funds werent likely to be enough to get them through October, USDA predicted. Tuesdays guidance doesnt make such predictions, but it elaborated on the available options, including carrying over funds from the fiscal year that ended on Monday or tapping a federal contingency fund. While thats good news for some programs, theres still a lot of variation among the states. Theres no question that its a smart move on their part, but its not a guarantee overall, said Geraldine Henchy, director of nutrition policy for the Food Research Action Center. Apportioning WIC funding is notoriously difficult, she notes.In Utah,all WIC clinics are closed and new WIC appointments have been canceled. Whereas Arkansas negotiated with the USDA to receive contingency WIC funding for program administration and food vouchers for this week.