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Public News Service - TN: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

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Nashville, TN – A new survey paints a bleak picture of the status of America's children. The State of America’s Children report from the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) finds the number of Tennessee children living in poverty is more than 300,000, while nationwide 13.3 million are po

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Tennessee's high food tax is a "turkey,"according to a consumer watchdog group, which points out that the seven-percent tax on food "gobbles" up a serving of Thanksgiving dinner. Dotty Seek, former board member for Tennesseans for Fair Taxation, says the state lowered the tax this year, but the st

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Knoxville, TN – More than a quarter-million Tennessee children were living in poverty last year, according to a new report based on Census Bureau data. The numbers reflect a national trend, one that has children's advocates concerned about the future. Lisa McLeod, executive director of the

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Nashville, TN – Tennesseans will be ringing in the New Year with "change" in their pockets when a one-half percent reduction in the food tax goes on the books January 1. Some estimate that this savings will buy almost a weeks' worth of groceries for the average family. Tennesseans for Fair T

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Nashville, TN – Save a serving for the taxman. Tennesseans sitting down to Thanksgiving dinners this week are assessed the highest food sales tax rate in the country, 7 percent, enough to pay for another helping. The Tennessee General Assembly is getting ready to pull a chair up to the table a

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Nashville, TN – A coalition is meeting in Nashville this weekend to talk about further reductions in the food tax. The tax on food groceries is down 1.5 percent since 2002, but Rachael Bliss with Tennesseans for Fair Taxation says that's just a nibble at the state's high tax rate on food. "We

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