WV FOODLINK works to improve access to healthy food by accompanying communities as they build grassroots capacity for food system change. Here we share news, reports, and partner profiles that inspire our work and provide new insights on creating innovative community food strategies.
Policy Brief: Do SNAP Work Requirements Improve Food Security?
In 2016, DHHR implemented work-requirements for SNAP recipients in a pilot program among the 9 WV counties with the lowest unemployment rates. In an analysis of DHHR records and our own food banking data, WV FOODLINK found that work requirements ended up costing the state nearly one million dollars and significantly increased the burden on charitable food agencies.Read
Inside Appalachia: What Happens When Walmart Closes in One Coal Community?
Eating your fruits and veggies is good for you, but it’s not always an easy choice. On this episode, we explore some of the challenges, choices, and barriers to eating healthy. Sometimes it’s the cost, or poor choices, sometimes it’s limited access because they live in what’s called a food desert.Listen
NPR: Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps To Get Jobs. The Majority Already Work
Forty-four percent of people who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have at least one person in the family working. And when it comes to families on SNAP with kids, a majority — 55 percent — are bringing home wages. The problem is, those wages aren't enough to actually live on.Read
Inside Appalachia: What Would You Do if Your Grocery Store Disappeared?
In Appalachia, where green forests grow abundantly, food is scarce for many. Throughout Appalachia, grocery stores are disappearing. This week on Inside Appalachia we're looking at some ways communities are resolving to take matters in their own hands.Listen
NPR: In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren't
One in eight Americans — 42 million people — still struggles to get enough to eat. And while that number has been going down recently, hunger appears to be getting worse in some economically distressed areas, especially in rural communities.Read