The Farm Bill that is currently winding its way through congress may put SNAP, otherwise known as the food stamp program, in grave danger. While the senate version of the bill proposes to cut $4 billion from the program, the version approved by the House in July wants to cut a whopping $16 billion. (The House version contains a multitude of other problems as well.)
This is an important issue to everyone in the country, given that having more members of the community who are food-insecure benefits no one. Locally, consider that over 300,000 Louisiana citizens currently receive this assistance - including 22% of adults and 49% of children in New Orleans as of 2010. Check out Marion Nestle's new post on the issue, and a new report just issued about how to improve the nutritional quality of food sold through SNAP.