The Community Farm Alliance has released a letter outlining the organization’s opposition to Louisville-based Yum Brands’ proposal to allow certain food stamps recipients to use their vouchers at fast food restaurants. Yum is asking Governor Steve Beshear to make the exception for disabled, elderly and homeless recipients. The CFA already took a stand against the change,… Continue reading Community Farm Alliance Releases Letter Against Yum Brands Food Stamp Proposal
The acting director of Louisville’s health department says he concerned that allowing certain food stamp recipients to use the vouchers at fast food restaurants could send a mixed message about nutrition. Louisville-based Yum! Brands has been lobbying the Beshear administration to authorize food stamp use at restaurants by the disabled, elderly and homeless.
To help meet Medicaid costs, Congress will reduce federal food stamp funding more quickly than anticipated. That comes at a time when Kentucky’s food stamp rolls have grown by more than 70,000 households in the past two years.
Kentucky is issuing record numbers of food stamps to households.
More than 300,000 Kentucky households are now receiving food stamp assistance. Between June 2008 and June of this year, more than 38,000 new families signed up. Kentucky Department for Community Based Services spokesman Mark Cornett says that’s the single largest increase in the program’s history here.
Mobile food banks are planned for the rest of the week to help feed families who lost food in this week’s power outages.
Kentucky government officials say the state will refund food stamps that were spent on items ruined following Sunday’s windstorm.