Contra Costa Families Shouldn’t Go Hungry/Tom Barnidge Column

July 10, 2015

The Contra Costa Civil grand jury released a report not long ago that came as something of a surprise. It said the CalFresh program — the latest iteration of food stamps — is severely underutilized, with 40 percent or more of eligible county households not claiming benefits to which they are entitled.

Not only does this finding poke holes in tales of rampant welfare abuse — please take note, Fox News — it means many low-income families are missing out on a federally funded service intended especially for them.

“California has one of the lowest participation rates in the country,” said…

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