Vermont ranked 2nd in nation in impact of poverty relief program 3SquaresVT

first_imgPoverty increased in Vermont and across the nation in 2010: according to the US Census Bureau, over 76,000 Vermonters (including 1 in 6 children) are living below the poverty level ($22,314 for a family of four), with nearly 165,000 Vermonters (1 in 3 children) considered low-income (below 185% of poverty).  Almost 93,000 Vermonters currently receive 3SquaresVT benefits (known nationally as SNAP), which, when added to income, lifted 26% of 3SquaresVT households out of poverty, ranking Vermont second in the nation for its program impact. 3SquaresVT continues to see rising participation as well as all-time high benefits, bringing over $11 million into the Vermont economy each month. ‘Whether it is the Great Recession or Tropical Storm Irene, 3SquaresVT is the most responsive safety net program in tough times,’ says Angela Smith-Dieng, 3SquaresVT Advocacy Manager at Hunger Free Vermont. ‘The extra money for food makes a critical difference for families ‘ it means more fruits and vegetables, lean meats and dairy on Vermonters’ tables, helping them stay healthy and better able to work and learn.’The Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the anti-hunger community have worked hard in recent years to ensure that more Vermonters needing access to healthy food are able to receive 3SquaresVT and that benefits are an adequate supplement for families on a tight budget.  The USDA has consistently recognized Vermont for its hard work by awarding the State with performance bonuses for its success in reaching many of those eligible for benefits.  ‘Since I started with the program in 2001 we have worked diligently to partner with anti-hunger organizations to do outreach on this program to remove participation barriers and stigma,’ says Reneé Richardson, Director of Food and Nutrition Programs at DCF. ‘Thanks to this collaboration we have almost tripled our enrollment in the last ten years.’With so many Vermonters relying on 3SquaresVT and many more newly eligible, Congress must work to protect this critical nutrition program that combats hunger and poverty so well.  As the Select Committee on Deficit Reduction meets this fall to consider ways to reduce spending, cuts to 3SquaresVT and other anti-hunger programs should not be part of the deal. About Hunger Free Vermont: Hunger Free Vermont (formerly the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger) is a statewide nonprofit organization that works with state agencies and community groups to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters. Since 1993 Hunger Free Vermont’s outreach programs have substantially enhanced Vermont’s nutrition safety net and increased access to nutritious foods. www.hungerfreevt.org(link is external)September 28, 2011 (Vermont) ‘last_img read more

Stocco injures ankle before returning

first_imgYANA PASKOVA/Herald photoThe University of Wisconsin football team held its 10th spring practice late Wednesday night, and like the rest of Madison, the team took advantage of the delightful weather and held practice outside in Camp Randall, under the lights.While the climate was a dream, the workout looked to have turned into a nightmare when senior quarterback John Stocco dropped back awkwardly and fell to the turf clutching his right ankle, the same ankle he had to have re-taped during practice last Friday, April 7.After laying on the ground for a minute or so Stocco gingerly got up and left the practice area, before laying on the ground again to have the ankle taped. To the relief of players and coaches, Stocco was back in for his next set of repetitions about five minutes later.”He’s been battling through that,” Bielema said. “He rolled it I think towards the latter part of winter conditioning.”Bielema later joked about the condition of his star quarterback, one of only three offensive starters returning for last season’s squad.”It was funny, I was going to say something to him before practice because he wasn’t taped and he is usually taped on that one ankle,” Bielema said, with a wry grin. “But he was taped after that fall.”Stocco didn’t seem to show any ill effects from the injury, throwing the ball well in the second half of practice, though he did pace and stretch while waiting for his next set of reps.In other notes, redshirt freshman Jaevery McFadden, who had been working out of tight end thus far in spring, has switched positions and is now practicing with the linebackers playing the strong side, or “Sam” linebacker spot. Bielema noted that he had recruited McFadden as a linebacker and that McFadden wasn’t getting enough reps at tight end.Speaking of which, the tight end position still looks as murky as every two-thirds through spring drills, as sophomores Travis Beckum and Sean Lewis, along with junior Andy Crooks, continue to battle for position supremacy. Crooks looks like the best blocker, while Beckum seems to be the most dynamic athlete and looks to have the best hands.”By just pure body competition obviously [Crooks] is going to be better on the line of scrimmage that [Beckum], who is a mover and a shaker,” Bielema said. “I thought on Saturday they both moved exceptionally well.”Junior Danny Kaye also took snaps at center for the first time during practices, as the Badgers try and improve depth at the position which looks to be pretty thin behind projected starter Marcus Coleman who has had an up and down spring, thus far.Wide out Luke Swan, made his return to practice Wednesday after missing much of the spring with an undisclosed injury. He did not participate fully.After practice, the team ran sprints for the first time, as punishment for off the field issues. Fourteen players ran double, including running back Jamil Walker, cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu, third-string quarterback Dustin Sherer and even defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, who is cleared to do little more than run during the spring.”I told them we weren’t going to run in spring ball unless we had to, and today we had to,” Bielema said. “It was a team ownership [off the field] issue, so everyone took ownership.”last_img read more

Obokoh delivers on defensive end in expanded minutes against Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Chinonso Obokoh’s teammates encouraged him and told him to be aggressive. Rakeem Christmas was in foul trouble and bound for the bench. There were more than 16 minutes left in the game.But Obokoh didn’t say much back to his team. He just shuffled to his spot at the right block, waiting for Aaron Brown to take his free throws.Making his first appearance since a five-minute, four-foul performance on Jan. 11 against Florida State, Obokoh had a quiet, but career-high night tallying 16 minutes, four rebounds, two fouls and a block in Syracuse’s (14-5, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) 69-61 win over Boston College (8-9, 0-5). He remains a non-factor on the offensive end of the floor, but defended and rebounded well. It was all that was asked of him and all that was needed for SU to hold on against the Eagles.“He got us some extra possessions on offense and he played good defense and made people take tough shots and he was big down low,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “And that’s what you need a big guy to do. He came in and he did what he could do. I’m really proud of him.”Defensively, Obokoh said he just needs to stay in position and out of foul trouble. He wasn’t thinking that much when he took the floor, he said, and was much more ready for the occasion than when he came off the bench against the Seminoles.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think he had some good minutes for us tonight,” SU forward Michael Gbinije said. “It was nice to see Chino play. I’m a Chino fan myself.”With 6:35 left in the game, BC’s 7-foot-1 center Dennis Clifford dribbled on the right side and put up what would’ve been an easy two points, only for Obokoh to swat the ball away as Gbinije came over with help from the side.Obokoh attempted just one shot from the field and said that all he’s asked to do is set screens and get rebounds on offense. Beyond that, Tuesday’s game was just an adjustment to more minutes, but one he felt ready for.“I play against Rak, the best big man in the country right now,” Obokoh said. “He’s so good. So I know how to move around. So other guys out there it’s a little bit kind of familiar.” Comments Published on January 21, 2015 at 12:08 am Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

Doral Moore shines at center in 3rd year at Wake Forest

first_imgMost human beings do not measure up to 7-foot-1, 280-pound Doral Moore.Someone seeing him play basketball for the first time might find the plays he makes larger than life. But the things Moore can do on the floor don’t shock his teammates anymore.“We get used to it,” said Olivier Sarr, Wake Forest’s freshman center. “He just dunks on everybody … He will catch it up at the top of the backboard and dunk on everybody.”Moore, a junior from Atlanta, will bring that raw power to the Carrier Dome on Sunday when he and Wake Forest (9-15, 2-10 Atlantic Coast) take on Syracuse (16-8, 5-6). In a six-point Demon Deacons’ win against SU on Jan. 3, Moore scored eight points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots. He didn’t shine at Wake Forest right away. It took top-level coaching, learning from star teammates and a look in the mirror to turn Moore into the player he is now.“I’ve grown the most this year,” Moore said. “… Put the right amount of effort in to be successful.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMoore’s height doesn’t really make sense to him. He said his mother is about 5-foot-11 and his father is 6-foot-3. On Sunday, Moore will face off, at least in part, against SU’s 7-foot-2 Paschal Chukwu, one of the only players in the ACC taller than Moore.“It’s always fun to play somebody bigger than me,” Moore said. “You’re not used to it.”Moore came to Wake Forest as a top-100 recruit in the class of 2015, but he didn’t come into his own until this season. It took tutelage from one of the best college basketball players ever, along with advice from a first-round pick in last year’s NBA Draft, for the lightbulb to go off in Moore’s head.After playing his senior year at the powerhouse Montverde (Florida) Academy, Moore had his suitors — including John Calipari and Kentucky. But the center knew who he wanted to play for: Danny Manning.Wake Forest’s head coach was a two-time first-team All-American at Kansas in the late 1980s and was the Naismith and Wooden Player of the Year in his senior year. The Los Angeles Clippers selected the 6-foot-10 Manning with the first overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft.“He’s one of the best to ever do it,” Moore said. “He’ll get me where I need to go if I listen.”But in Moore’s first two years on campus, he underwhelmed. In his freshman season, he averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. His sophomore year, the averages dropped to 2.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.Last season, though, the emergence of John Collins — Moore’s classmate and teammate at WFU — into a second-team All-American and eventual first-round draft pick by the Atlanta Hawks gave Moore an idea of the player he wanted to be.“He just wanted it more than everyone else and went and took it,” Moore said. “So I just had to do the same thing.”Collins told Moore that he has the size and potential to be a professional basketball player. The keyword Collins repeated to Moore was “attack.” He just had to get after it.When Moore assessed the roster coming back for the Demon Deacons this season, he knew it was his turn. Along with Collins’ departure was the early departure of forward Dinos Mitoglou to play professionally in Greece. The only other legitimate height on the roster would come from the self-proclaimed “tall and thin” Sarr.Moore would have to be the man in the middle for Wake Forest.So he came back and turned up his effort. Manning and Moore both emphasized that footwork was a major area he needed to improve.“We’re sticklers on that,” Manning said.The results have been promising for the Demon Deacons. Moore is averaging more than 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks a game so far this season. His work with the Wake Forest coaching staff has gotten him part of the way to where he wants to be.“Even though I worked hard, I had to work even harder to put up the numbers,” Moore said. “…At the end of the day, you have to want it more than the other team.”Moore said he and Collins still text occasionally, and the 7-footer knows where he wants to end up. He’s finally realized that it’s about more than just raw size and athleticism. Moore has discovered what he feels is the secret to taking the next steps in his career.He’s almost averaging a double-double right now, but Moore doesn’t think that’s enough. He sees no reason that he can’t put up 15 points and 20 rebounds every night if he works hard enough.“That’s what makes certain players great and certain players average,” Moore said, “because they can either stay at the same level or they can try and raise it as best as they can.” Comments Published on February 7, 2018 at 9:54 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

IWG rolls out instant win titles across 888’s bingo network

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