- 1 in 5 kids were on food stamps in
2014. This program is now called SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program). SNAP costs more than $75 billion a year. The
benefits, which go to l in 7 Americans, and the program has more than
doubled in cost since 2008. ("Census: 1 in 5 kids on
food stamps," Associated Press, January 29, 2015; "Automatic cuts affect
food stamp program," by Evan Halper and Cindy Chang, McClatchy-Tribune,
November 2, 2013)
- About 14% of all Americans
were on food stamps in 2013. There were 7 million Americans for whom
food stamps were their only source of income. Local food banks are not
positioned to serve as "backstops." ("Automatic cuts affect food stamp program," by Even Halper and Cindy Chang, McClatchy-Tribune, November 2, 2013)
- Fresh Bucks. Shop at your Farmers Market with Fresh Bucks, and purchase produce with your SNAP/EBT card.
Visit any vendor who sells fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, herbs or vegetable starts to make your purchase. (No change will be given for Fresh Bucks.)
- Look for the Fresh Bucks sign at the Market information tent.
- Swipe your SNAP/EBT Card.
- Receive $2 in Fresh Bucks for every $5 in SNAP/EBT you spend.
- Get 40% more fruits and vegetables!
Spokane's Catholic Charities' Food for All and the Fresh Bucks programs
give $2 to federal aid recipients for every $5 they spend at farmers
markets in and around Spokane County. This gives people in low-income
areas better access to fresh produce. Fresh Bucks works at every
farmers market in Spokane County (except possibly the one in Liberty
Lake until 2016). ("Food stamps can stretch at farmers markets," by Chad Sokol, The Spokesman-Review, June 11, 2015; Second Harvest)
Questions? (509) 459-6163
(Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program)
(877) 501-2233 Washington's Office
(800) 562-6906 Recipient Fraud
(888) 436-6392 Retailer Fraud
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
Federal program (formerly Welfare) provides cash assistance.
Designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency.
80,000 people in Washington receive TANF, including 55,000 children (2015)
(202) 401-9275 (Help for Families)http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/programs/tanf
State, Federal and Tribal resources.
You may qualify for assistance with food,
medical, cash, employment, education,
housing or utilities.http://www.washingtonconnection.org