food assistance http://kalw.org en Food stamp cuts mean longer lines at food banks http://kalw.org/post/food-stamp-cuts-mean-longer-lines-food-banks <p></p><p>Earlier this month, a temporary increase in food stamps—enacted during the financial crisis—expired. More than 47 million people are affected—that’s one in seven Americans. These are the deepest cuts to the federal program since it started back in 1964. It means that a family of three now has 29 dollars less to spend on food every month.</p><p>In California, the food stamp program is called Cal-Fresh. And local food banks are seeing first hand what happens when money is cut. Keisha Nzewi, the Advocacy Manager for the Alameda County Community Food Bank&nbsp; came to the station here at&nbsp; KALW to talk about the future of food distribution in the Bay Area.</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:48:34 +0000 Hana Baba 36226 at http://kalw.org Food stamp cuts mean longer lines at food banks San Francisco food pantries struggle to meet growing need http://kalw.org/post/san-francisco-food-pantries-struggle-meet-growing-need <p>Tuesday mornings can get pretty crowded at Minnie and Lovie Ward Park in San Francisco&rsquo;s Oceanview district. Up to 300 people of all ages stand or sit in front of the large recreation center, carrying shopping bags, baskets or rolling bags with wheels. They are here to pick up free produce and groceries.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 19:05:02 +0000 5481 at http://kalw.org San Francisco food pantries struggle to meet growing need