States Move Ahead With Food Stamp Cuts

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(Colby Ware/special to The Baltimore Sun / July 29, 2012) Also By Hugo Martin September 22, 2013, 10:00 a.m. The food truck craze that has swept the nation will soon roll up to Los Angeles International Airport . No, airport security wont allow food trucks to pull to the curb of the terminal. Instead, an airport concession operator plans to install the shell of a food truck inside of Terminal 4. The fake truck will be outfitted inside with grills, pots, pans and other equipment to serve food. Starting Nov. 1, the food truck will be operated by food truck chefs based in Los Angeles, who will rotate in once a year or so. This is our way to help bring people with local talent to offer their food at the airport, said Rich Bennett, senior director of operations for HMSHost, a concession operator at Los Angeles International Airport. Meanwhile, Long Beach Airport is one of a handful of airports across the country that has allowed food trucks to park at its cellphone parking lots to dish out chow to drivers waiting to pick up friends and family members. The food truck program, called Truckn Tuesdays, was originally a summer event held the third Tuesday of each month. But it has become so popular that the airport plans to continue it indefinitely.

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of Children and Families Sec. Phyllis Gilmore Republicans see the improving economy as a sign enrollment should be dropping anyway, with cuts to benefits a good way to push some people back into the labor market. Kansas made its case clear, calling the policy “an effort to encourage employment over welfare dependency.” “Employment is the most effective way to escape poverty,” Kansas Department of Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said in a statement announcing the move. Those who support ending the waivers also promise robust job placement and training programs to help those affected meet work requirements, which could allow them to keep their benefits. Wisconsin, for example, is spending an additional $33 million on those efforts as its waiver expires. Are cuts premature? Others say the cuts are premature in the face of a weak job market 11 states and the District of Columbia have unemployment rates measurably higher than the national 7.3 percent jobless rate. The waivers are designed to end once employment improves. Ending them sooner could strip flexibility to deal with lingering joblessness, which is expected to remain above normal for years. “It’s hard to imagine any state would want to lose the flexibility to use waivers to tailor the policy to meet local conditions,” said Dottie Rosenbaum, a senior policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank. Rosenbaum added that the work-requirement policy can have “harsh effects on very poor individuals.” Underlying the debate is the question of whether policies enacted during the recession have increased enrollment levels beyond actual need. Critics cite the outsized growth of food stamps compared with other safety net programs during the recession.

5 New Eco-Friendly Food Trends

Livestock farms produce a large amount of greenhouse gas emissions, either through the methane produced by the animals or through the production of crops used to feed these animals. Dairy also requires milk, which comes from these animals. Try the eco-friendly trend of cutting back on meat and enjoy a Meatless Monday or two with vegetarian recipes . The Environment Working Groups Meat Eaters Guide says that if all Americans (thats about 313.9 million of them) opted out on meat just once a week, it would be equivalent to taking 7.6 million cars off the road. Thats quite a bit of driving. Eat Leftovers Leftovers again? Yep! They dont seem so bad when you realize just how eco-friendly they can be. You save energy by not cooking an entirely new meal the next day, and reduce food waste. Its a slippery slope with this one: throwing away food means throwing away the energy used to produce that food, as well as increased methane production as the food decomposes in a landfill (which are one of the top greenhouse gas producers in the U.S.A.!). If youre not into eating scraps and leftovers, compost them and feed them to someone who is: worms! Composting has many benefits , is a natural decomposition method, produces Carbon Dioxide instead of methane, and results in nutritious soil.