Food Stamp Participation Reaches All-Time High in Vermont

first_imgFood Stamp Participation Reaches All-Time High in Vermont During Holiday SeasonBurlington, VT, December 2, 2008 – While many in Vermont were savoring Thanksgiving treats last week, others were signing up for food assistance; 60,062 Vermonters, almost 1 in 10, now participate in the Food Stamp Program according to data released by the Department for Children and Families. This number is up by over 1,500 in just one month, up 7,000 since this time last year, and represents a record high for Vermont.According to Angela Smith-Dieng, Food Stamp Outreach & Policy Specialist at the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, “The upsurge in participation may be in part due to policy changes that took effect on October 1st. However, given the downturn in the economy coupled with high food and fuel costs, the increase may have more to do with increased need. With hunger on the rise across Vermont, increased participation indicates that more Vermonters are taking advantage of this critical nutrition assistance.”Food stamps are a USDA entitlement program designed to respond quickly to increased need. For a household that is struggling financially, infusing food dollars into their budget frees up money for other expenses. At the same time, by participating in the program they are more likely to be in good health and succeed in school and at work. Thanks to changes made to the program by the Agency of Human Services, thousands more Vermonters will be eligible for these benefits as of January 1, 2009.Smith-Dieng says: “We’re glad that more Vermonters are receiving the food benefits they are entitled to. Nevertheless, 1 in 3 Vermonters are eligible but not participating – we are working hard to spread the word about the expanding program. We invite every Vermonter to spread the word about this program to neighbors who might be struggling: through school and congregation newsletters, local senior centers, town clerks offices, and health clinics.”More information and materials about the Food Stamp Program is available at www.vermontfoodhelp.com(link is external).The Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger is a statewide nonprofit organization that combats hunger through advocacy, education, and technical assistance. Since 1993, VTCECH has been providing communities with the tools to create and sustain local programs that feed children in need. Information on VTCECH, hunger in Vermont and federal nutrition programs is available at www.vtnohunger.org(link is external).###last_img read more

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Integrity Machine Tool Technology Scholarship application deadline extended

first_imgBatesville, IN— The Ripley County Community Foundation has extended the application deadline for the Integrity Machine Tool Technology Scholarship to June 1, 2020.  This scholarship was established in 2019 by Integrity Tool to financially support local students planning to pursue a degree in machine technology trades, and it is the first scholarship awarded by the Ripley County Community Foundation that supports career technology trades.Amy Streator, Executive Director of the Ripley County Community Foundation, says, “The Community Foundation is pleased to distribute this scholarship on behalf of Integrity Tools because it provides an opportunity to future generations who desire to obtain a quality education.  Students who pursue a career relating to career technology trades is one essential asset into building a sustainable community.”Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to apply for the scholarship: be graduating from Batesville High School, East Central High School, Franklin County High School, Greensburg High School, Jac-Cen-Del High School, Milan High School, North Decatur High School, Oldenburg Academy, or South Ripley High school; be attending or planning to attend Ivy Tech Community College and be enrolled in the Machine Tool Technology Program; complete a 500 word (maximum) essay describing the applicant’s motivation for pursuing a career in machine trades; provide, at minimum, one letter of recommendation from a teacher or employer describing the applicant’s work ethic; and complete the scholarship application.Tim Schrank, a representative of Integrity Tool, states, “Regardless of the future economy or next generation, we believe the future is what you make of it. We are honored and proud to support those pursuing their dreams in the machine tool trade by providing this scholarship.”Click here for an application.  To make a donation to the Integrity Machine Tool Technology Fund, contact RCCF at 812.933.1098 or office@rccfonline.org with any questions or for more information on our scholarships.last_img read more

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New Jersey Devils fire general manager Ray Shero

first_img“Ray is a talented hockey executive and I am confident he will have great success in the future,” the statement read. “However, Ray and I are in agreement that the Devils need to move in a new direction and that this change is in the best interest of the team. In the coming weeks and months, we will be launching a formal search for a new general manager.“We are very optimistic about our future and have a lot of talent, both on and off the ice.”MORE: Predators name former Devils boss John Hynes head coachShero had been the Devils GM since May 4, 2015, with the team making the postseason just once (2017-18) during his tenure. So far this season, Shero has overseen head coach John Hynes’ firing (replaced by interim bench boss Alain Nasreddine) and the trade of star forward Taylor Hall to the Arizona Coyotes.Those moves did little to spur the team on to better things, as the Devils continued to languish at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division following Hynes and Hall’s departures.”There’s opportunity for them to find out where we are here and where we’re going to go because in term of being where we are this season . . . no one has really gotten to the level we expected or they would probably expect,” Shero said of the Devils’ players days after of Hynes’ dismissal. “Over the course of some time here hopefully that’s going to happen to really find out what we have here in terms of our players and where we’re going to go.” Ray Shero’s time as general manager of the New Jersey Devils is over.The 57-year-old and the Devils agreed to part ways, Devils managing partner and chairman Josh Harris announced in a statement Sunday. The Devils under Shero have accumulated a 16-21-7 record (39 points) this season heading into Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. They sit second-last in the Eastern Conference and 13 points out of a wild card spot, a position that seems to be the last straw for Harris and other Devils’ higher-ups.“Our organization remains deeply committed to creating a sustainably winning franchise,” Harris’ statement said. “Our fans deserve nothing but the best hockey. We thank them for their continued support as we work toward our goals.”Tom Fitzgerald, who served as Shero’s assistant since 2015, takes over the Devils’ GM duties on an interim basis. In addition, former goaltender Martin Brodeur will act as “an advisor to and on hockey operations.”last_img read more

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