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

Zidane takes walk of shame

first_imgIt feels good to be back in Madison after two-and-a-half months. Denver’s okay, but there’s not much going on in the summer.– I guess I’ll admit it right off the bat. I left town in May a Rockies fan in denial. I returned to Madison in August a proud supporter of the purple pinstripes. – Okay, they’ve slipped a bit since the break, and they appear to be headed for the golf course once again in early October.– But two things need to be said: It was a hell of a ride following the team this year, up until around Aug. 18, and I’ll go out on a limb and call the five Colorado starters the best staff in the National League.– Not that that’s saying much, but it’s something for Denver baseball fans to get excited about for 2007.– Most entertaining quote of the summer: “Can’t wait. Can’t wait! Next Monday! Get to coach football again! Yes!” — Indiana football coach Terry Hoeppner at Big Ten Media Day, Aug. 1.– Yes, Terry, we’re all excited too. Just maybe not that excited.– What in the world was Zinedine Zidane thinking?– Going into the FIFA 2006 World Cup Final, with Italy and France competing, I had heard of just one player on either team. And in the 109th minute, Zidane exhibited perhaps the most distasteful act I have ever seen in sports.– Keep in mind, this is coming from a lifelong Avalanche fan who still wants to see Todd Bertuzzi run over by a cement truck.– I don’t care what Italy’s Marco Materazzi said to Zidane in the heat of the moment. Headbutting an opponent right in the middle of the chest is beyond inexcusable.– And in the final game of his allegedly illustrious career, no less.– Everybody kept saying “Oh, he let his team down, he let his country down.” I say he let his entire sport down.– Seeing as soccer struggles with American popularity, and the World Cup — this year’s Cup, in particular — could have served as a fantastic opportunity to win over some fans, Zidane should be blamed for showing the United States — and the world — exactly what is wrong with this game.– Shame on Zidane. As it happens, I’m glad Italy won, just to kick — or headbutt — Zidane when he’s down.– Weirdest quote of the summer: “It was helpless to sit there and watch. We scored only one run. We have to be better than this to stay in the race.” — Joe Torre, after his New York Yankees lost to the Cleveland Indians 19-1, July 4.– I am starting to respect the Yankees at this point; following a five-game sweep of the rival Red Sox, the Yanks sit atop the AL East by a healthy six-and-a-half game margin. All things considered — namely injuries, old age and the merciless treatment of Alex Rodriguez — that’s pretty impressive, even to a Boston guy (since 2001) like myself.– But I still think it’s funny that Torre was concerned about his offense when his pitching staff gave up 19 runs in a game. Seems like some priorities were bent out of shape.– I will never — repeat, never — understand paintball.– On July 12, a high school football player died in the heat of a paintball battle in Oklahoma. Garrett Bennett, just 17 years old, was entering his senior year.– Here’s the kicker: a simple paintball war on foot wasn’t enough for these guys. The tragedy occurred as two cars were pelting each other at 75 mph on an Oklahoma highway, and one car swerved off the road, killing Bennett instantly.– Call me what you wish, because I know I sound like a cranky old man, but paintball seems like the absolute dumbest thing one can do with one’s time.– It is, put simply, a tragedy that a good kid was taken at such a young age because maturity was in short supply.– The Tour de France … No. I will not bring myself to comment on a bike race. Ever.– Most hilarious quote of the summer: “I think I farted twice on the couch during this series — and I was called for two fouls against Dwyane Wade.” — From a reader e-mail on the NBA blog of ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons, June 22.– That’s certainly one way to put it, isn’t it?– Well, put it this way: I’m not going to say that NBA commissioner David Stern was absolutely playing favorites during the Finals in June, when the Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks in six games for the title amid questionable officiating.– However, the fact that D-Wade shot 25 free throws in Game 5 — exact change for the number of trips to the charity stripe by all of the Mavericks combined during that game — is appalling.– I’m mad at the NBA, and only time will tell if I’ll follow the league for the 2006-07 season.– Whoops. Just for saying that, Wade’s going to the line for two shots.Aaron is a sophomore who is living in Liz Waters this year. Yes, for the 283rd time, guys do live there now. You can contact him at [email protected]last_img read more

Help wanted for Sumner County Road and Bridge Department

first_imgConstruction I- II-III – Road & Bridge, $8.75 – $21.02 per hour Non-exemptHigh school diploma or GED equivalent.  Must obtain and maintain a valid class “A” Commercial Driver’s License within three (3) months of employment.  2-5 years of construction and /or road maintenance work experience required or a comparable combination of education and experience. Much of the work is done outdoors in adverse weather conditions.  Successful applicant will be drug tested.Apply online at www.HRePartners.com  Applications close 02/20/2015.  Job description available, contact Sumner County Clerk’s Office, ph 620 326 3395. EOElast_img read more