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Oregon Governor's food stamp challenge raises awareness.

Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski's recent week of living on an average food stamp allotment of $21/week as part of the Oregon "food stamp challenge" raised attention to the plight of the working poor.

Hundreds of people sent e-mail messages to the main sponsor of the challenge, the Oregon Food Bank, saying they too had been inspired to give it a try.

When Kulongoski entered office in 2002, he was surprised to learn that Oregon ranked high on the list of what the Department of Agriculture used to call hunger and now calls "food insecurity."


Since then, the state has improved its ranking, thanks to an improving economy and federal policies that allow it to expand eligibility for food stamps. Under the Farm Bill now before Congress, advocates for the hungry say, the rules that allow expanded eligibility for food stamps could be restricted, potentially disqualifying about 50,000 of the 434,000 Oregonians who use them. Kulongoski sent a letter to President Bush asking him to preserve current food stamp benefits.
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Title Annotation:first things first; Ted Kulongoski
Publication:Policy & Practice
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2007
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