Shelburne News - Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that his office will be submitting comments in opposition to the Trump administration’s proposal to cut food assistance for Vermonters. The announcement was made at a Sept. 11 press conference held in South Burlington at Hunger Free Vermont’s headquarters on Eastwood Drive.
The Vermont Cynic - Back-to-school season has begun across America. Millions of children have returned to classrooms, ready to start a new school year.
Now, thanks to President Donald Trump’s administration, hundreds of thousands of struggling families — including many Vermonters — may have to worry about how they will be able to afford their child’s lunch every day.
Rutland Herald - Back-to-school season has begun across America. Millions of children have returned to classrooms, ready to start a new school year. Now, thanks to the Trump administration, hundreds of thousands of struggling families —including many Vermonters — may have to worry about how they will be able to afford their child’s lunch every day.
VT Digger - As a retired obstetrician/gynecologist, and presently the medical director of a free medical clinic, I know the importance of state and federal food nutritional programs. No one gets the chance to choose whether or not to be born, and we all need to live with the hand that we were dealt. It is however advantageous for all of us, one could say for our own enlightened self-interest, to assure that every child has the opportunity to be able to attain their full potential in order that they become happy, productive adults. If individuals are food insecure, this will not happen.
VT Digger - Back-to-school season has begun across America. Millions of children have returned to classrooms, ready to start a new school year. Now, thanks to the Trump administration, hundreds of thousands of struggling families — including many Vermonters — may have to worry about how they will be able to afford their child’s lunch every day.
NECN - Vermont’s attorney general Wednesday urged people across his state to speak out against a proposal by the White House and USDA to change rules around eligibility for nutrition benefits—once known as food stamps, now called 3SquaresVT in Vermont.
VT Digger - Attorney General TJ Donovan called on Vermonters Wednesday to tell the federal government that they disagree with its plan to remove 3 million Americans from being eligible for food stamps.
Valley News - State Attorney General TJ Donovan and anti-poverty advocates sought Wednesday to mobilize opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the federal food stamp program that they say will take away benefits from more than 5,000 Vermont households, including 4,000 children.
NECN - A proposal from the Trump administration to reform nutrition benefits is being met with pushback by Vermont's Republican governor and the state's Department for Children and Families, which says the move could affect thousands of kids in the state who rely on food support.
Times Argus - The struggle is real.
You don’t have to go hunting to find Vermonters living in poverty. They are all around, and the number of people struggling to make ends meet seems to be growing.
That is why government and advocates need to work together to protect the services being made available to those in need.
VT Digger - Vermont’s Department for Children and Families is opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to restrict eligibility for food stamps, saying the changes could cut off benefits worth $7.5 million to about 5,200 households in the state.
VT Digger - Last week, the Trump administration announced its latest attempt to take food away from over 3 million veterans, families and older Americans in need by forcing Vermont and 42 other states to change the way they have run the SNAP program (3SquaresVT in Vermont) for over 20 years. "Broad-based categorical eligibility" affords Vermont the flexibility to enable access to critical 3SquaresVT benefits for vulnerable low-income Vermonters (including working families, children, veterans, older adults, and people with disabilities). Hunger Free Vermont and the Vermont Foodbank strongly oppose this proposal, which will increase hunger and hardship for thousands of Vermonters and millions of Americans.
VPR - The Trump administration's planned changes to the way states determine eligibility for food stamps could impact Vermonters, cutting off households from benefits and potentially limiting the ability of schools to offer free lunches.
Florida Daily - From his seat on the U.S. House Agriculture and Financial Services Committees, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., is pairing up with a Democratic presidential candidate to push a bill to expand food stamp options for college students.
This week, Lawson teamed up with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to champion the “College Student Hunger Act.”
VTDigger - After failing to gut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT) in the farm bill, President Donald Trump is now looking to sidestep Congress and slash our nation’s largest food assistance program through administrative action. A new proposed rule aims to jeopardize food assistance for over 750,000 Americans by making it even harder for some unemployed and underemployed workers to access benefits when they have trouble finding steady work, while doing nothing to help them find stable employment.
BROC TALK - Hosted by Pam Shambo, Director of Marketing & Development with BROC Community Action. Topic: BROC's participation with outreach and application assistance with 3SquaresVT, which helps people to buy food.
Rutland Herald - Rural Vermonters without access to employment opportunities stand to lose their 3SquaresVT assistance, according to a new rule recently proposed by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and a statement released Thursday.
VTDigger - This year, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can help working families in Vermont make ends meet with a credit up to $6,431. In addition, any family with dependent children who receives the Vermont EITC is automatically income eligible for food benefits through 3SquaresVT – even if their income is over the limit. Each year, many Vermonters miss out on thousands of dollars in savings and added benefits because they are unaware of EITC or its link to 3SquaresVT.
Rutland Herald - Tax season is upon us — and anyone who receives earned income tax credit may also qualify for food assistance through the program 3SquaresVT.