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Pending Federal Proposals Would Reduce SNAP Benefits, Including Enrollment of Households with Children

October 25, 2019 Common Cents
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as the New Hampshire Food Stamp Program in the Granite State, helps families and individuals with lower-incomes put food on the table. Eligibility for SNAP is based on gross and net income, assets, household size, and other factors. Additionally, a large portion of SNAP eligibility is dependent on meeting certain work requirements. In September 2019, 73,671 Granite Staters were enrolled in SNAP, including 28,361 children. About one in nine children in New Hampshire receive SNAP benefits, based on these most recent data. Enrolled older adults and individuals with disabilities also rely on SNAP for food assistance.

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New Hampshire’s Food Insecurity Levels Return to Pre-Recession Levels

September 27, 2019 Common Cents
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According to new estimates from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), New Hampshire and the nation have experienced improvements in households’ access to food. The recently released report outlines the progressing trends of reduced food insecurity, declining from higher levels experienced in the recovery period after the Great Recession. This progress shows that despite disparities faced by lower-income individuals throughout the state, both relative improvements in the economy and the effectiveness of supplemental food programs have been aiding Granite Staters in need.

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New Census Bureau Data Show NH Incomes, Poverty Rates Holding Steady

September 26, 2019 Common Cents
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Median household incomes and key poverty rates remained essentially the same in New Hampshire from data collected in 2017 to 2018 data, suggesting economic growth in the state did not boost the overall purchasing power of people with low or middle incomes relative to inflation. New data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau show poverty rates and household incomes held steady in the state, while poverty declined slightly and median household income edged upward at the national level.

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Initiatives Aim to Increase Rural Access to Broadband Internet Services

2 Jul 2020

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Broadband internet availability and use is uneven between rural and urban areas of New Hampshire. A lack of key broadband infrastructure connecting many homes in rural regions has resulted in increased connection challenges that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. The crisis has required individuals and families to transition many activities from face-to-face interactions to virtual communication, and has increased the necessity of reliable broadband internet services among Granite Staters. Key legislation recently passed by the New Hampshire Legislature, new state level initiatives, and federal investments may aid in expanding broadband internet services to underserved areas of the state, and help ensure more Granite Staters will be online at sufficient broadband speeds in the future.

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