July 20, 2009

People going hungry in WA’s farm belt

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We believe this qualifies as true irony: More than 10 percent of the people living in one of the country’s richest farm belts don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Ingrid Stegemoeller of Washington’s Tri-City Herald writes that the food stamp program in the area — near a lot of farms as well as the Hanford Nuclear Reservation — is now allowing food-stamp recipients to spend their coupons at farmer’s markets. The story is ostensibly about the food-stamp program but provides a good overall look at the need in Benton and Franklin counties in south-central Washington.

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