This month, a new round of food stamp cuts is set to take effect. The farm bill passed last month closed a loophole called "Heat and Eat," saving the country about $8.5 billion over the next decade. Some states have found a way to restore that funding.
There has been no action to circumvent the latest round of food stamp cuts in Oregon. About 140,000 Oregonians will lose a significant portion of their benefits if the cuts are allowed to continue there, and recipients and food banks alike are bracing for the change.
High school junior Christian Champagne is part of Chicago's "Becoming a Man" program. After meeting with President Obama, he speaks to NPR's Scott Simon about initiatives that reach out to young black men.