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Poverty Vocab

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Food Drive A community-wide effort sponsored by schools, faith-based groups, businesses, organizations, grocery stores, TV stations, food banks, and more, in which members of the community donate a certain amount of non-perishable food.
Food Bank A non-governmental charitable organization that distributes food to shelters, community kitchens or other organizations to help feed the Hungry.
Food Pantry A place where those in need of food assistance receive a supply of food to take home and cook. Food is usually acquired from food banks and distributed through community centers and churches.
Meals on Wheels A food delivery program that delivers one meal a day to elderly people or people who are very ill and unable to leave their homes.
Shelter A place that temporarily houses homeless people, usually overnight, sometimes for long stretches of time. Meals are usually served. Some shelters serve families; some serve individuals.
Community Kitchen A place where a hungry and/or poor person receives a free meal. Most community kitchens are housed in churches or community buildings.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (Formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income individuals and families purchase food. More than half of food stamp recipients are children. Food stamps cannot be used to buy important non-food items (like toilet paper or soap).
WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children) WIC is a program that provides low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children with nutritious foods, nutrition education and improved access to health care in order to prevent nutrition-related health problems in pregnancy & early childhood.
School and Summer Meals (National School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, and Summer Food Program) are subsidized programs that assist low income students to improve their nutritional status. These meals are available during the school year and the Summer
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP): provides USDA commodities to states that distribute the food through local emergency food providers like food banks (government donations of food to the states).
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) In August 1996, what many people knew as "Welfare" changed in the United States - it became (TANF). The new system includes a series of block grants that the States administer. There is a limited amount of time that a person can recevive assistance
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