Thursday, February 23, 2012

SNAP: A Critical Local Economic Resource

Last year, we featured a few articles about the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called CalFresh in California. There's been quite a bit of buzz around town about CalFresh recently.
Del Norte was again recognized at the state level for our success in having a high percentage of residents eligible for CalFresh benefits actually using them. It's not just a win for our neighbors who need some help buying nutritious food, it's a win for our grocery stores and the people they hire. Hundreds of thousands of grocery dollars come into our county through CalFresh each and every month. Those dollars free up other sources of household income for purchases of taxable goods, raising the local tax base. It's a cycle that helps the whole community. You can read more about it in the Triplicate.

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