Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 1:40:09 PM

Local News

Print Friendly | Bookmark and Share

Rally for Food Stamps Funding, Higher Wages for Fast Food Workers

They may work in the food business but they say they rely on food stamps to survive.

Thursday, area residents who say they rely on the Nutrition Assistance Program joined together with former fast food workers calling for higher wages.

At the protest outside the McDonald's on Main Street, the activists also called  on Congressman Hanna to oppose a bill that would cut the food stamp program by 40 billion dollars over the next ten years.

One Binghamton resident says it's already hard to survive off of the assistance he receives, and he spends most of his money on medications for diabetes and kidney failure.

"I worked all my life. It hurts for me to hear people that we put in office to speak on us like that. They have no idea what we go through on a daily basis just to survive," said Jesse Chitty, Binghamton resident who uses food stamps.

On November 1st, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which provides more funds for the food stamp program expires. This cut will effect more than 47 million Americans. 

Protests were scheduled by fast food and McDonald's workers in major cities across the country Thursday.


VIEW VIDEO

View Related Articles: Binghamton, Broome County, NYS, PA or comment on this one below.

blog comments powered by Disqus


Back Back

Binghamton web design and website hosting by EFX internet  EFX internet


Additional Articles


Senator Gillibrand Announces New Legislation VIEW VIDEO
It's called the Campus Safety and Accountability Act, and the 8 Senators in charge of co-sponsoring this legislation say colleges need to be held accountable for the large numbers of sexual assault... more

Water Outage Scheduled for Binghamton Areas Thursday VIEW VIDEO
Some Binghamton residents may be without water tomorrow. Water service on Front Street between Gaines Street and Winding Way will shut down from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow due to... more

Richard Miller Runs for Family Court Judge VIEW VIDEO
Town of Union and Village of Johnson City Justice Richard Miller is making another run at becoming a Broome County family court judge. Miller made his announcement in Endwell today. The... more

Cuomo Announces Thousands of Jobs on Jobs Express Website VIEW VIDEO
Governor Cuomo is announcing more than 100,000 available jobs are now listed on the Jobs Express website. The site sorts thousands of jobs by region and occupation and also allows users to... more

Exchange Street Bridge Construction to Begin Shortly VIEW VIDEO
Construction on the Exchange Street Bridge was supposed to begin earlier this spring, but will instead start in late August, or even early September.   The rehabilitation will include tearing up... more

Johnson City Tax Preparer Faces Suspension VIEW VIDEO
New York State has suspended 40 tax preparers, including one in Johnson City, for not filing their own personal income tax returns for 2011 and 2012. Ida Edwards of Johnson City can no longer... more

Broome Co Sees Decline in Sales Tax Revenue, Report Says VIEW VIDEO
Broome County is struggling this year in sales tax revenue and it isn't alone. State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli released a report today showing Broome is one of 16 counties in the state to see a... more

Click here for more local news...icon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 A News Story

If you are looking for a copy of a news story that we recently aired, simply click here to find out how.

Breaking News

Do you have a tip or information about a breaking news story? Contact the FOX 40 News Desk at 607.798.0070 or send us an email .




ADVERTISEMENT

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Stumble It More...