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Trending / SNAP: Single largest and permanent benefit increase in food stamp history | News

This fall, individuals and families in Columbia County, across Oregon and the nation who depend on food stamp assistance will see what the Biden Administration calls a significant and permanent increase in benefits.It is reportedly the largest single increase in the food stamp system's history, which now operates as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This change will increase SNAP benefits distributed in Oregon by $337 million. For SNAP households this change on average will be about $36 more in money to buy food per person. Courtesy Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) Press Secretary Jake Sunderland said Biden Administration…
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Norry Block Party will have food, entertainment, drinks | News

NORTHUMBERLAND — The Norry Block Party on Sunday will be the place to be in the Valley, according to Noelle Long, president of 17857.org.The event will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with a 5K at King Street Park and then move to the 200 block of Front Street for food, drinks, entertainment, crafts, games and children activities. Four businesses, including main sponsor Pineknotter Brewing Company, will serve alcoholic beverages as part of special approval from Northumberland Borough Council.“Everybody is going to be there,” said Long. “It’s going to be a ton of fun for the community with all the proceeds…
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Concert will benefit healthy food program | News

SHREWSBURY — A concert on Friday at the Community Meeting House will benefit the Vermont Farmers Food Center (VFFC) Farmacy Project, Rutland County’s Food as Medicine Prescription program.Emma Hileman, Farmacy project director for the VFFC, said the project is in its seventh year.“Members are signed up through their health care providers to receive a free CSA (community supported agriculture) share that we curate here at the Vermont Farmers Food Center. Most of our members have chronic health conditions and they need more fruits and veggies in their diet. We partner only with local farmers so this food is grown in…
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Effort promotes healthy food, sharing practices | News, Sports, Jobs

Dr. Michelle Seguin, M.D., prepares to give a demonstration on fermenting vegetables to Growing From the Heart. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Chris Jaehnig) HANCOCK — Dr. Michelle Seguin of the Portage Health Foundation has banded together with other like-minded health food lovers to share that love with the community by forming a group called Growing From the Heart. “In 2020, right when the pandemic started, we developed a program that was kind of modeled off the nationwide program called Plant a Row for the Hungry, which encourages people to plant literally an extra row…
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Columbia awards $4.5M in food and drink tax grants without usual committee input | Columbia News

COLUMBIA — The city of Columbia has awarded millions of grant dollars from the taxes collected on food and drink sales, bypassing the committee that typically vets such grants for the second year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.At least one potential recipient whose event wasn’t awarded any grant money questioned the amended process of City Council members overseeing and distributing the money as seemingly arbitrary and adding confusion to a system that was already laborious.City officials say council members had to take over the distribution because of the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic cast on hospitality tax revenue, in addition to the…
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GROW San Mateo and Samaritan House Food Pharmacy provide healthy food | Local News

GROW San Mateo formed as a collective project to provide free healthy food to promote a healthier lifestyle and educate people on the importance of fresh produce.Bill Schildknecht started the GROW San Mateo project in March of 2019 for a collection of local gardeners grow and donate fresh produce. He learned about the Samaritan House Food Pharmacy that summer, which is a part of the organization’s free medical clinic, and began a partnership. In the spring of this year, it started to host a table at the two food pharmacy clinics in San Mateo and Redwood City.“I think what we’ve…
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