The number of people getting food assistance from Utah’s SNAP program has significantly declined over the past two years. State officials credit improvements in the economy and employment, but some advocates for the poor say it also has to do with work requirements that make it harder for people to receive benefits.
Nic Dunn is a spokesperson for Utah Department of Workforce Services, and when he looks at the decline in SNAP caseloads, he sees evidence that the state is climbing out of the recession.
Autumn is harvest time and many gardeners in Utah are pulling up plenty of vegetables from their local plots. Some will give their surplus veggies to friends and family, but one Salt Lake City school is donating their produce to those who need it most.
Students at Nibley Park Elementary rush out the school doors after the final bell rings. A small group heads to a quiet corner of the schoolyard where Aimee Horman, Chair of the School’s Community Council, leads a different kind of after school activity.