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Double Up Food Bucks NYS

A food benefit program aimed at helping people in need access healthy fruits and vegetables is expanding its presence in Western New York.

Three-quarters of a million people would likely lose their food stamps later this year under a new proposal by the Trump administration. The goal is to encourage able-bodied adults to go to work and get off government aid. But opponents predict people would go hungry instead, if the rule goes into effect.

A public comment period, which ends Tuesday, has so far drawn more than 28,000 comments overwhelmingly against the proposed rule.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

A welfare fraud sweep found four Erie County residents stole more than $42,000 dollars in public benefits. They have been arrested and face multiple charges including grand larceny.

Temporary fix saves SNAP use at farmers markets

Jul 23, 2018
Dave Sommerstein

Food stamp programs at New York farmers markets have a new lifeline. A national farmers market group is stepping in with a cash infusion to keep food stamps working across the state.

Monica Sandreczki / WSKG News

Healthy food advocates are worried about the federal farm bill the U.S. House of Representatives plans to bring to the floor this week.

Associated Press

The House Agriculture Committee approved the long-awaited 2018 Farm Bill Wednesday. It includes a controversial change to food stamps that could push thousands of people off the program. That's not sitting well with Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), who sits on the Senate Agriculture committee.

The delivery of federal food benefits for millions of low-income people is likely to change after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it'll allow states more flexibility in how they dole out the money.

Did you know the Farm Bill covers more than farms?

Nov 3, 2017
Caitlin Whyte / WXXI News

The New York Agriculture Commissioner is touring the state asking for input on how the Farm Bill affects New Yorkers.

President Trump's proposed budget, released Tuesday, calls for a major reworking of the nation's social safety net for low-income Americans. It would impose more stringent work requirements and limits on those receiving aid, including disability and food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. It would also give states more control of, and responsibility for, such spending.

Anti-poverty advocates have vowed to fight the budget plan, which requires congressional approval to go into effect.

SNAP benefits expanded for NYers

Jul 8, 2016
USDA

More New Yorkers are now eligible for nutritional benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), what used to be called food stamps.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Several local food banks will benefit from an emergency food assistance grant. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the $4.5 million increase this week.

While initial reaction has been positive to the appointment of 66 year old Richard Malone as the new Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, there is a nationwide organization that is taking strong exception.

"We’re concerned any time the Vatican promotes corrupt or complicit bishop to a higher position.  That’s what’s happening here essentially," said David Clohessy, National Director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests or SNAP.