Food Stamps Again A Vivid Symbol In Poverty Debate

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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 weekly 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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The result is a hodgepodge of (mostly state-level) regulations that vary considerably not only geographically but also between food categories. Moreover, different methods are in use to determine expiration dates, from lab tests to consumer satisfaction reports. For example, in Florida, milk must have a shelf-life date, but it is not defined what that means in terms of freshness and safety. In California, the milk processor decides how long quality is ensured, but that doesnt restrict sales. In Montana, milk must have a sell-by date within 12 days of pasteurization. In Pennsylvania, its 17 days. A number of states have no such requirements whatsoever. Many dates printed on food packages are not meant for consumers at all. Some are put in place for communication between manufacturers and retailers. For instance, pack date means the date on which an item was made or packaged. Sell by indicates the date or time frame the manufacturers recommends for sale at peak quality. It doesnt necessarily mean the product is unsafe for consumption thereafter. Information that is directed to consumers can be worded as use by, best by, freeze by, guaranteed fresh until, and so on. Again, these are recommendations given by manufacturers who are keen to see their products being used at their highest quality to ensure customer satisfaction and protect brands. In terms of food safety, of much greater concern for consumers than expiration dates should be warehousing and transportation of the products they buy.

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Most people still know the name that’s been familiar since 1939. One in every 7 Americans In a nation of 314 million people, more than 47 million are eating with food stamps each month. Who are they? Children and teenagers make up almost half, according to the Agriculture Department. About 10% are seniors. The vast majority don’t receive any cash welfare. Many households that shop with SNAP cards have someone who’s employed but qualify for help because of low earnings. The average food stamp allotment is $133 a person per month. The monthly amount a family gets depends on the household’s size, earnings and expenses, as well as changing food prices and other factors. Households can qualify for help with earnings up to 30% higher than the federal poverty level, making the limit about $30,000 for a family of four this year. These households are limited to no more than $2,000 in savings, or $3,250 if there are elderly or disabled residents. In addition, most states allow people to qualify automatically for food stamps if they are eligible for certain other welfare programs, even if they don’t meet the strict SNAP standards. Although food stamps are paid for with federal tax dollars, states administer the program and have some choices in setting requirements. Language in Clinton’s 1996 welfare overhaul required able-bodied adults who aren’t raising children to work or attend job training or similar programs to qualify for food stamps after three months. But those work requirements across most of the nation have been waived for several years because of the high unemployment rate.

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