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TONIGHT AT 10: Food Fraud and What Can Fix It

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The number of Iowans on food assistance is rising at a pace that could break the bank.

Participation has doubled in 10 years to the point that in Linn County, the price tag for the program is about $3 million a month. It's at $2.3 million in Black Hawk County and $1.2 million in Dubuque County.

SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) has taken heat because of those who abuse the system.

Tonight at 10 p.m. on KWWL, we will investigate how the government is cracking down on fraud in eastern Iowa, but also shed a light on local programs that are working to feed those in need, one class at a time -- programs you may not know about.

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A list of sanctioned stores provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food & Nutrition Service (FNS). The document shows the names of eastern Iowa retailers that have been penalized for violating SNAP guidelines over the last several years. FNS says a permanent disqualification generally results from trafficking (primarily the exchange of SNAP benefits for cash). (FNS says City, Food & Liquor in Waterloo is now allowed to participate after a change in ownership in 2014.): http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/kwwl/Documents/storelist.pdf

What can people legally buy with their SNAP benefits and what's against the law? Find out here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items

Information about SHARE program: http://www.shareiowa.com/index.php

Information about NE Iowa Food Bank: http://www.northeastiowafoodbank.org/

Information about free programs for parents through Iowa State University Extension & Outreach: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/nutrition-education
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