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Fund the gap: Officials call for help to meet demand at food banks

Meeting the surging need for food assistance in Washington state will require “all hands on deck.” That was the message from state and philanthropic leaders who, on Thursday, highlighted the gaps the state faces in funding food banks as they await federal support.

WIC foods still in stock at Spokane grocers as unemployment claims mount

Spokane has not seen the same kinds of shortages of milk, baby formula and fresh fruits and juice that were feared in other parts of the country as people stocked their pantries in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Recipients of low-income assistance rely on specific items being in stock for their WIC vouchers to work.

Food stamp change fuels anxiety as states try to curb impact

Having food stamps offers Richard Butler a stability he’s rarely known in his 25 years. He was in state custody at age 2, spent his teen years at a Chicago boys’ home and jail for burglary, and has since struggled to find a permanent home.

Spokane judge blocks Trump rule restricting immigration for people who need government help

The Trump administration proposed a tightening of the definition of a public charge that would allow denying the application for permanent residence to anyone who receives public benefits for more than 12 months in a three-year period. U.S. District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against those changes Friday.

USDA proposes change that would push 3 million Americans off food stamps

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed new rules Tuesday to limit access to food stamps for households with savings and other assets, a measure that officials said would cut benefits to about 3 million people. In a telephone call with reporters, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Acting Deputy Under Secretary Brandon Lipps said the proposed new rules for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) were aimed at ending automatic eligibility for those who were already receiving federal and state assistance.

Walmart, Amazon kick off government online pilot program

Amazon and Walmart on Thursday are kicking off a two-year pilot established by the government to allow low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay for their groceries online.

Wife of chef seeks assistance

The wife of a Spokane chef has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for her family while her husband receives medical care.

Robert B. Reich: How blue states help red states

Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress love to demonize government handouts. But their own red-state supporters depend on these handouts. And the handouts are increasingly financed by the inhabitants of blue states.