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Native America Calling: Holes in the food safety net
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Holes in the food safety net
Many low-income families got an unwelcome surprise after supplemental COVID food security programs expired earlier this year.

Funds available for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dropped to a fraction of what they were previously. Suddenly, people didn’t have enough to eat and no remedies in sight.

Those cuts hit Native American families hardest, as they have a much higher percentage of SNAP participation than the population as a whole.

Spirit Lake Nation
Youth are seen on the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota on November 29, 2016. Photo by Don Hamilton for U.S. Department of Agriculture

Guests on Native America Calling
Karmela Martinez (San Ildefonso), director of the income support division at the New Mexico Human Services Department

Toni Stanger-McLaughlin (Colville Tribe), CEO of Native American Agriculture Fund and board member of Feeding America

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