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Gold Country Community Services Receives SNAP Funds

Seniors in the Meals on Wheels programs in Nevada County will be receiving some additional services  under  a contract awarded by the Board of Supervisors today. The Supplemental Nutritiional Assistance Program-Education, SNAP-Ed as  it’s called,  is the new version of the Food Stamp Program.  Gold Country Community Services Director, Sandy Jacobson says they will work as a subcontractor  for the county to deliver nutitional education to low income seniors.
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Jacobson says the focus will be on simple meals Seniors can cook  or enhance themselves using fresh fruits and vegetables.
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The one year contract is for $45,745 .
However, before the ink was dry on the contract, Jacobson says she received an e-mail from the National Council on Aging alerting members that tomorrow (Wednesday) the House Agriculture Committee will vote on a Farm Bill proposal that cuts SNAP food assistance by over $16 billion.  The notice says “these cuts would be devastating to vulnerable families, especially seniors.” Nearly 3 million seniors receive SNAP, and 80% of them live alone. On Capitol Hill today, the National Council on Aging callled on the House to oppose these cuts and urged supporters to add their voice   by participating in today’s national call-in day sponsored by Feeding America.  The e-mail urges supporters to “call 1-877-698-8228 NOW and urge your Rep to vote NO to SNAP cuts.”

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