Food stamp system failure emptying pantry shelves

Making North Carolina's food security situation even more precarious:

"I am frustrated with the state," said Beverly Howard, Loaves & Fishes' executive director, "that they would pull something like this out that still has glitches and just assume that the local sources will be able to rise to meet this need." State officials are trying to fix the problems with NC FAST, which was implemented in March. At the same time, SNAP beneficiaries also can expect a reduction in their payments starting in November with the expiration of Recovery Act funding.

These food banks are supposed to work in tandem with programs like SNAP, not as a back-up service. There's no government mechanism to replace the food being depleted from the shelves due to this "glitch", and we can't expect any actions from the Tarheel Taliban to ameliorate the problem. If you can spare it, please give to the Food Banks and/or Loaves & Fishes (Charlotte).


Did new state budget reduce food bank funds?

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but it appears a 20% cut was made to food banks.

In the current state budget, it appears there is a reduction of approx. $773,000 to food banks.

Go to pages 125 & 126 of the state budget (Senate Bill 402) and total the food bank items. I get $3,000,004.

In the last budget (House Bill 200), there appears to be $3,773,001 allocated to food banks. Look at the line item on page 141.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. I really want to be.

A 20% cut to food banks is unconscionable.


That's what it looks like

The older budget doesn't show a breakdown of what each region received, but it does appear they've cut the program by 3/4 of a million. And what's worse, I didn't see any Amendments that tried to replace those dollars.

You know, with all the talk about poverty and hunger over the last few years, this should have been front-page news.