Local Food Banks and Shelters Lose $600,000 in Funding

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San Francisco Food Bank volunteers sorting oranges.
According to an article by Jesse Hirsch in the Bay Citizen this morning, federal budget slashing has suddenly cut $592,000 in funds allocated to San Francisco food banks and shelters. Last year, the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program gave $3.4 million to Bay Area agencies, but this year, its grant money was drastically cut. So the program announced last month that it's giving money only to the counties hardest hit by the recession:
San Francisco will lose out on $592,000 it had gotten from the program last year, the most drastic of the Bay Area cuts. The national board decided that the program would finance only areas with unemployment and poverty rates at least two points above the national average, instead of just at or above the average.
What does this mean for local agencies? The biggest beneficiary, the San Francisco Food Bank, loses almost $200,000, after already cutting its annual budget by $1.6 million. Much smaller agencies will be hit even harder, reports Hirsch. 

As of June, San Francisco's unemployment rate was 10 percent, higher than the national average of 9.2 percent, and demand on food banks is rising. In possibly unrelated news, SFoodie hasn't heard the term "funemployment" for at least six months.

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