In this episode Dr. Phil Knight and Gerry Brisson, CEO of Gleaners Community Food Bank, discuss the proposed changes to broad-based categorical eligibility. The duo breaks down the disparity between income limits for benefit programs and income needed for self-sufficiency. Exactly how much income does it take to be self-sufficient in your county? Find out at www.fbcmich.org/selfsufficiencystandard.
The conversation also readdresses the proposed changes to the federal poverty measure and touches on opportunities surrounding the Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Policy must be crafted utilizing data, experiential knowledge, and historical perspective to avoid “wonky” outcomes. As infamous philosopher Santayana said, “Those who fail to understand history are condemned to repeat it.”