Between March 2007 and March 2011, the food stamp case level rose 112 percent from 52,000 households to 111,000.
Utahns Against Hunger (UAH) connects people to the resources that will provide them food and works with politicians to create better policies against hunger.
“We work to ensure that people don’t fall through the cracks,” says Gina Cornia, executive director for UAH.
The programs, in which UAH is involved, include the Summer Food and School Breakfast program, connecting people with food stamp benefits and getting local farmer’s markets to accept food stamps.
“Supporting local agriculture and producers keeps that money herein Utah,” says Gina. It also gives people a choice and an opportunity to limit their carbon footprint.
In Utah, 37 percent of children at school receive free or reduced-price meals. The Summer Food program fills the void that summer vacation leaves.
As the government moves to cut costs with electronic applications, UAH is helping people navigate the application process. Gina says that paper applications are still accepted, but sometimes people get wrong information about the process.
The issues that cause hunger are a bigger concern for UAH.
“Until we have a serious conversation about real education, affordable housing, and jobs that pay a decent wage,” Gina says there will always be hungry people among us.
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