Just Food: Episode 5, Season 2
Release Date: June 16, 2018
Many individuals who are eligible for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, are now fearful of using the program because current nebulous and ever-changing Federal rules have put them in fear of their status as legal residents. New rules that could jeopardize a person’s citizenship status because of SNAP participation have been proposed. Effects of the fear of retaliation by Washington have hurt children the most. This episode examines the drastic 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 helping program recipients as a volunteer administrator, and her experience as a participant.
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.