Call for Applications: Utah Double Up Food Bucks

Utahns Against Hunger is now inviting SNAP-authorized farmers markets and farm stands to apply to participate in the 2017 Utah Double Up Food Bucks season, expected to run from June 1 – October 31.

Double Up Food Bucks

Double Up Food Bucks

Double Up Food Bucks is an innovative healthy food SNAP incentive program that helps low-income residents take home more fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. The program works by matching Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly “food stamps”), dollar-for-dollar, up to ten dollars per market day at participating farmers markets and farm stands across the state of Utah.

In addition to increasing access to healthy food, small farmers gain new customers and more income, and more food dollars stay in the local economy. In short, the program is a win-win-win. (Click here to download a summary of Double Up’s positive impact during the first two seasons).

Last year Double Up was offered at twenty-one farmers markets and farm stands in ten counties across the state. Utahns Against Hunger expects over twenty markets to participate again in 2017. The 2017 season will run from June 1 through October 31.

How to Apply

Farmers markets and farm stands can apply to participate in Double Up by submitting an online application. Download the Application Guide HERE for instructions and a link to the online application form.

Application deadline: March 24, 2017

Questions?

Please direct any questions to Brian Emerson, Double Up Food Bucks Manager, emerson[at]uah.org or call 801-328-2561

 

 

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Utah School Breakfast Participation Increases by 7.7%

BIC infographicThe annual School Breakfast Scorecard released was released this week by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC, a national anti-hunger advocacy group). The Scorecard ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the participation of low-income children in the School Breakfast Program, and finds that 65,246 low-income children in Utah participated in school breakfast on an average school day in 2015–2016. This represents an 7.7% percent increase over the previous year.

The national School Breakfast Program makes it possible for all school children in the U.S. to receive a nutritious breakfast every school day.

The report finds that 38 low-income children in Utah ate school breakfast for every 100 that received free or reduced-price school lunch during the 2015 – 2016 school year. This is below the national average of 56 low-income children eating school breakfast for every 100 who received school lunch in the 2015–2016 school year.

School breakfast participation nationally has been growing, and several strategies exist to increase it further, including the use of alternative breakfast models, such as breakfast in the classroom, “grab and go,” and second chance breakfast. Utah’s increased school breakfast participation rank can be linked to an increase in alternative service models across the state. In spite of  this increase, Utah continues to be ranked 51st in the country, and this can be attributed in large part to the lack of widespread implementation of alternative service models across the state.

“We are committed to increasing school breakfast participation so that more children in Utah are starting their day with the nutrition they need to learn and thrive” said Marti Woolford, child nutrition advocate, Utahns Against Hunger. “School breakfast means less hunger, better health, and improved educational outcomes for our children. We will continue to work with schools across the state to improve our school breakfast participation rate so even more children can focus on learning, and not on their growling stomachs.”

FRAC Top 10 States Based on Percentage Growth Table

About the School Breakfast Scorecard

This report measures the reach of the School Breakfast Program in the 2015–2016 school year — nationally and in each state — based on a variety of metrics, and examines the impact of select trends and policies on program participation. On an average school day, 12.1 million low-income children participated in the School Breakfast Program in school year 2015–2016. Participation among low-income children increased by just over 433,000 students, or 3.7 percent, over the previous school year.  Read the School Breakfast Scorecard in full.

About School Breakfast: Making it Work in Large School Districts

This report examines School Breakfast Program participation rates and trends in 73 of America’s largest school districts. These districts saw a net increase of 101,548 students eating school breakfast in school year 2015–2016, compared to the prior school year. Two-thirds of the districts expanded their school breakfast participation from the previous school year. Read School Breakfast: Making it Work in Large School Districts in full.

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Volunteer Oppertunity

UAH is proud to partner with the Utah Food Bank and the Salt Lake City Public Library System to bring Kid’s Cafe to the Main Library. The Utah Food Bank prepares nutritious meals each weekday that are served free of charge to all children up to 18 years old. Starting March 6, SLC Main Library will begin providing meals from 3-4 pm, along with enrichment activities. This helps kids who might otherwise go to bed hungry.

Kid’s Cafe is currently looking for volunteers to set up, serve food, clean up, and help run activities. Volunteers shifts are available weekdays from 2:45-4:15 pm, no ongoing commitment is required. If interested, contact Christina Walsh with the Salt Lake City Public Library System at cwalsh@slcpl.org. A background check is required to work with children.

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Don’t Mourn, Mobilize

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Concerned about hunger under the Trump administration? Worried about the future of our safety net programs? Don’t know what to do?

In President Trump’s administration many of Speaker Paul Ryan’s dangerous anti-poverty proposals are likely to be adopted, including cutting food stamps, repealing the Affordable Care Act, and gutting Medicaid. These actions will leave many Americans without the programs and benefits that they need to survive. This may be the biggest threat that the American safety-net social programs have ever faced.

Millions of Americans depend on these programs; join the movement to protect them!

Come meet other people engaged in this work and learn what is at stake, practical advocacy that makes a big impact, and what you personally can do to defend federal anti-hunger programs.

  • When: Tuesday, December 13 at 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Where: Utahns Against Hunger 764 South 200 West, SLC 84101 (enter through door on 200 W).
  • 15380357_10155555000508852_5821564901866485834_nEvens Stevens will provide dinner; please RSVP by 12/9/16 at 3:00 pm with the Eventbrite link for food.

 

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CNR Reauthorization Not Happening This Year: Advocates Prepare to Step-up Efforts to Protect and Strengthen Programs

downloadPer our friends at the Food Research & Action Center: Senate leaders stated earlier this week, as Congress heads for adjournment, that the child nutrition reauthorization bill officially will not be happening this year.

While the Senate and House Committee versions of the bill have been public for the majority of 2016, finding agreement between the two very different bills proved to be too difficult to accomplish. Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) of the Senate Agriculture Committee stated that “[i]t is unfortunate that certain parochial interests and the desire for issues rather than solutions were put ahead of the well-being of vulnerable and at-risk populations and the need for reform.”

 
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Just Released: Utah School Breakfast Report

During the 2014-2015 school year, 34.3 low-income children in Utah ate school breakfast for every 100 that received free or reduced-price lunch, resulting in Utah being ranked last in the nation for school breakfast participation. If Utah could increase breakfast participation to reach 70 children for every 100 that eat lunch, UBET estimates that an additional 50,417 low-income children would be added to the breakfast program and the state would receive more than $14 million in added child nutrition funding.

On November 29, 2016, the Utah Breakfast Expansion Team (UBET) released the report, Starting the Day Right: Best Practices for Increasing School Breakfast Participation in Utah Schools. This report measures the reach of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) throughout Utah by comparing the number of low-income children eating school lunch to the number of such children eating school breakfast.

Report highlights:

  • Describes alternative breakfast delivery models that can help increase school breakfast participation.
  • Promotes the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom grant for increasing school breakfast participation in high poverty schools.
  • Gives recommendations for Utah’s school district leaders, education leaders at the state level, and for state legislators.
  • Provides valuable school breakfast participation data tables that can help in assessing the success of current School Breakfast Programs.

You are encouraged to share this report with your networks and on your social media channels. Questions regarding the report can be directed to Marti Woolford at woolford@uah.org or 801-328-2561.

The full report is available at: http://www.uah.org/projects-initiatives/utah-breakfast-expansion-team-ubet/

 

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Thanksgiving Meal Assistance-2016

Below is a list for Thanksgiving food assistance for Weber County & Salt Lake Holiday-Dinner-clipartCounty. For all other locations contact 2-1-1.

WEBER COUNTY

Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah
Sign up will include both Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets.
Baskets include cranberries, stuffing, canned vegetables, yams, jello, turkey, ham.
-Hours: Sign is October 24th from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm.
-Service Area: Box Elder County, Davis County, Weber County
-Eligibility: Income based; 150% of poverty level.

-Intake/Application Process: Arrive at Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank on dates and times indicated.
-Required Documents: Picture ID for every adult in the household; birth certificates (or school or immunization record with birth dates) for every child in the household; utility bill or lease agreement; pay stubs or DWS myCase printout.
-Additional information:
801-394-5944
2504 F Avenue
Ogden, UT 84401
www.ccsutah.org

Family Connection Center – Layton
Thanksgiving Meal Box
-Hours: Applications accepted during business hours now through October 31, 2016. Pick up will be November 19, 2016. Food Pantry hours: Monday & Tuesday- 9:00 am – 2:00 pm; Wednesday- 12 noon – 6:00 pm, Thursday 12 noon – 6:00 pm; Friday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
-Service Area: Davis, Morgan
-Eligibility: Open to those in need
-Intake/Application Process: New clients must bring in required documents. Existing clients need to sign up at the front desk.
-Required Documents: New clients must bring in proof of income and proof of residence, photo ID for each adult in household, birth certificate for all household members
-Additional information:
801-771-4642
875 East Highway 193
Layton, UT 84040
www.utahfcc.org

Ogden Rescue Mission
Holiday food basket available to those in need the Thursday before Thanksgiving and the Thursday before Christmas.
-Hours: Door opens at 1:00 pm. Line generally starts forming early in the day.
-Service Area: Northern Utah
-Eligibility: Those in need
-Intake/Application Process: Come to the Mission the day of distribution. Line generally starts forming early in the day.
-Required Documents: Proof of residency, Birth Certificate or Social Security card for everyone in household, application available on site.
-Additional information:
801-621-4360
2775 Wall Avenue
Ogden, UT 84401

SALT LAKE COUNTY

Crossroads Urban Center
The Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway is held at the Urban Indian Center, 120 West 1300 South, Salt Lake City. Turkey and one or two grocery items if available. Parking is at Smith’s Ballpark. (Do NOT park at 7 Eleven. They will be towed).
-Hours: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 from 10 am – 3:30 pm
-Service Area: Salt Lake County
-Eligibility: People in need of food assistance for Thanksgiving.
-Intake/Application Process: First come, first served. No pre-registration.
-Required Documents: State Issued Picture ID for adults. No social security cards. ID’s (birth certificate, immunization card, etc.) for children to show how many people are in the household.
-Additional information:
801-364-7765
M – F 9 am – 5 pm
www.crossroadsurbancenter.org

Mosaic Inter-Faith Ministries
Thanksgiving food box. Call for detailed information.
-Hours: Thursday, November 3rd, 10th, 17th & Tuesday, November 22nd. Arrive at 9:00 am to receive a numbered ticket (1 – 300). Food boxes distributed from 9:45 am – 12 noon or until boxes run out.
-Service Area: Utah
-Eligibility: Families in need this holiday season.
-Intake/Application Process: Arrive at 9:00 am to receive a numbered ticket (1 – 300).
-Required Documents: None
-Additional information:
801-588-0139
4392 South 900 East
Murray, UT 84124
www.lssu.org

Rescue Mission of Salt Lake
Thanksgiving family food box available during regular food pantry hours.
-Hours: November 23rd, 2016, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
-Service Area: Davis County, Salt Lake County
-Eligibility: None
-Intake/Application Process: Walk in
-Required Documents: ID for all family members
-Additional information:
801-355-1302
463 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
www.rescuesaltlake.org

Salt Lake City Mission
Thanksgiving food basket giveaway to be held at 1151 South Redwood Road, Suite 106 in the rear of the building. Main dish and sides provided. Some form of meat and vegetables, beverages provided as available. Will be giving away clothing as well.
-Hours: Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 10 am – 3:30 pm
-Service Area: Salt Lake County
-Eligibility: Must be a resident
-Intake/Application Process: First come, first served, until supplies run out.
-Required Documents: No homeless. Must be residents. Bring ID and proof of residency.
-Additional information:
801-355-6310
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
1151 South Redwood Road Ste 106
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
www.saltlakecitymission.org

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Funding Available to Expand Breakfast in the Classroom

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On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, hear from the School Nutrition Foundation about funding available through the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (PBIC). The Partnership works together to expand universal in classroom breakfast programs and will be providing grants to school districts in Utah. If you operate in Utah, you won’t want to miss out on this webinar!

Register HERE.

To learn more about the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom, visit  http://breakfastintheclassroom.org.

 

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Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom Announce New Funding To Bring School Breakfast To Utah

18041-bc-logoWASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — As students settle in to the new school year, a free morning meal will become part of even more students’ daily routine thanks to Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (the Partners). For the fourth year in a row, the Partners, a consortium of national education and nutrition organizations, continue to expand efforts to fight against childhood hunger and improve participation in the federally funded School Breakfast Program. The Partners will award grants to school districts with a goal of increasing access to a nutritious morning meal for 30,000 students in 10 states, including: Idaho,Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

Breakfast in the Classroom reworks how school breakfast is delivered by offering a nutritious meal at no charge to all students regardless of their household income, and moving it from the cafeteria to the classroom to improve participation in the School Breakfast Program. While most U.S. schools participate in the program, barriers, including school bus schedules, late arrivals to school, pressure to go directly to class, and reluctance to be labeled “low-income,” have caused school breakfast participation rates to be low. Nearly half of low-income children who are eligible for a free or reduced-price breakfast through the federal School Breakfast Program are not eating it, according to a 2015 Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) analysis.

“When schools implement the Breakfast in the Classroom programs, not only does it create a sense of community and family for the students, but administrators see a wide range of benefits ranging from an increase in student attentiveness and attendance to a decrease in discipline and behavior problems,” said Scott DiMauro, Ohio Education Association Vice President. “The Partners look forward to helping thousands more children start each school day off right with a healthy, nutritious meal that not only benefits them, but impacts the daily lives of their parents and school staff.”

The Partners include the following four organizations: the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), and The NEA Foundation. Through a$7.5 million grant from Walmart Foundation, the Partners will work closely with state affiliates to provide technical assistance and support to school districts in developing and implementing the breakfast program. The Partners’ grants will provide funding to school districts to assist with the upfront costs typically associated with starting a breakfast in the classroom program. That includes assisting schools with purchasing large and small equipment, marketing and communication needs, training for school building staff, and short-term school food and nutrition services staffing.

Since 2010, 35 school districts in 18 states have been awarded a grant by the Partners to implement the Breakfast in the Classroom programs resulting in more than 63,000 students starting their day off with a healthy breakfast.

The application is now open for school districts in the 10 states. For more information, to find out if a district is eligible, and review the application, visit www.BreakfastintheClassroom.org.

About Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom
The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (the Partners) came together in 2010 in response to their shared passion for childhood nutrition and its potential for improving educational outcomes and child health. The Partners is a consortium of national education and nutrition organizations including the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), and The NEA Foundation. The Partners provide technical assistance and support to school districts to implement the Breakfast in the Classroom programs.

The mission of the Partners is to increase breakfast consumption among schoolchildren and spark the academic and nutritional gains associated with the morning meal through the implementation of Breakfast in the Classroom programs.

Media Contact:  Allison Kassel
703-739-8362
akassel@brgcommunications.com

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Median Income Rises for First Time Since Recession, Poverty Rates Fall Dramatically

Poverty is down and wages are up in the United States in historic levels. According to the U.S. Census Bureaus’s annual report Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2015, the official poverty rate decreased 1.2 percentage points, the largest annual percentage point drop in poverty since 1999. The national percentage dropped from 14.7% to 13.5%, totaling 3.5 million fewer people than in 2014. Though it is important to note that 43.1 million people still live in poverty in the United States, the world’s largest and richest national economy.

The median income also increased for the first time since 2007, although it is still not at pre-recession levels. Median household income in the United States in 2015 rose 5.2%, or $2,798, to $56,516 from the 2014 median income of $53,718 (after adjusting for inflation). The increase is the largest recorded annual gain since the Census began the yearly survey of incomes in 1967.

The percentage of people without health insurance coverage also declined 1.3%, with 4 million more people receiving coverage for the entire calendar year.

State specific date was not released as a part of the report. The current Utah poverty rate is 11.3%.

For more information, see the full report here, as well as the official press release.

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