SNAP in the Age of Political Chaos

Just Food: Episode 5, Season 2

Release Date: June 16, 2018

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Many individuals transitioning to citizenship who are eligible for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, are now fearful of using the program because ever-changing statements on Federal rules put them in fear of their status as legal residents. Effects of the fear of retaliation by Washington have hurt children the most. This episode examines the drastic proposed changes in SNAP, the largest part of the Farm Bill, and California’s commitment to finding moral high ground. The esteemed Maria Echaveste weighs in on the obligations of government and its citizenry. Berkeley grad Christina Laird describes her experience as a volunteer administrator helping program recipients, and as a participant.

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This podcast was produced by the Berkeley Food Institute in partnership with the UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute at the Graduate School of Journalism. Producer is Coby McDonald. Editing from Ben Manilla. Program developed by Edmond M. Allmond. Field reporter is Muna Danish. Theme music by Blue Dot Sessions.