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May 30, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Fewer people are receiving SNAP benefits after reaching a record high

Last year, a record high of nearly 48 million Americans were receiving food stamps.  Data collected in February, however, shows that those numbers are changing for the better. (NPR, 5/29)

In February, the last month for which figures were available, 1.6 million fewer people received food stamps than at the peak in December 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the program.

– Following countless listening sessions on the obstacles and opportunities facing boys and young men of color in the U.S., the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Task Force has released their Report to the President, meant to serve as a blueprint for action. Last week, representatives from WRAG, ABFE, the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation convened a listening session to contribute to the framework.

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region recently met with local unemployed workers at the White House for a conversation on the challenges of long-term joblessness. (The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Blog, 5/29)

– In celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation highlights the broad diversity of Asian and Pacific Islanders within the region and the great need for further dialogue around the challenges they face. (WAWF, 5/29)

HEALTH │ Despite FDA approval, use of the HIV prevention drug Truvada is much lower than anticipated in D.C. (Blade, 5/28)

HOMELESSNESS  │ Opinion: In June, the “100,000 Homes Campaign”  – a countrywide initiative to end chronic homelessness by placing 100,000 individuals in permanent, supportive housing – expects to have reached its goal four years after its launch. (NY Times, 5/28)

PHILANTHROPY │ According to a new report released by researchers at the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, an estimated $59 trillion will be transferred from 93.6 million American estates between 2007 to 2016 in what would be the greatest wealth transfer in U.S. history.  View the full report and press release. (BC, 5/28)

ENVIRONMENT │ Maryland Joins Effort to Increase Number of Zero-Emission Cars on the Road (WAMU, 5/30)

What’s better than watching movies on the couch in the privacy of your own home? Watching movies outside on a lawn with hundreds of other people!



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