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Key Programs Lay Building Blocks for Kids' Success

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
LaDonna Pavetti

Cuts to effective programs that ensure children start life on a positive path, such as WIC and home visiting, and those that help families meet their basic needs, like SNAP, rental assistance and Medicaid, could prove costly in the long run.

Child Poverty Would Be Almost Twice As High If Safety Net Programs Didn't Exist: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact

Child poverty in the U.S. would be significantly worse if government assistance programs weren't in place, a new report suggests. A study released...

Let's Stop Debating If Poor Pregnant Women Should Eat Potatoes And Teach Them Proper Nutrition Instead

Slate | L.V. Anderson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact

A new study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and executed by the nonprofit research group Institute of Medicine, attempts to answer...

An Alarming Number Of Food Pantries Are Slashing Portions To Meet Rising Demand

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact

Hunger is on the rise in the U.S. and relief organizations don’t have the resources to meet the growing demand, a recent report concluded. Accor...

New 'Food Insecurity' Figures Show Recovery Has Yet to Reach Many

Brynne Keith-Jennings | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Brynne Keith-Jennings

The persistence of high food insecurity in the aftermath of the recession shows that the economic recovery has failed to reach many low-income families. It also highlights the importance of SNAP (formerly food stamps) in helping families obtain an adequate diet.

How UAE Water Aid Can Potentially Help 2 Billion Muslims

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

The campaign couldn't have come at a better time than this, as the Muslim World suffers -- perhaps now more than ever -- a horrid and unprecedented hijacking of our religion by vicious extremists who have done nothing for Islam except tarnish its image and create misunderstanding and hatred.

Michigan Middle School Protects Environment by Fighting Hunger

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

As part of an ongoing fundraiser with TerraCycle, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank's staff have been collecting yogurt containers and shampoo bottles in the break room. Three months in, we'd managed to fill up a couple of copy paper boxes. Then Whitehall Middle School got a hold of the idea.

The Republican War on Hungry Women: The Newly Invisible and Undeserving Poor

Ruth Rosen | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Ruth Rosen

The U.S. Congress is debating just how drastically it should cut food assistance to the 47 million Americans who suffer from "food insecurity," the popular euphemism for those who go hungry. In all this discussion, the real face of poverty -- single mothers -- has strangely disappeared.

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.

Preventable Hunger in Our Land of Plenty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

While many American families gather around the Thanksgiving table this week, some of us combining this year's traditional dinners with Hanukkah feasts, the nearly 49 million Americans living in food insecure households will be struggling to afford the food they need.

Census: SNAP Lifted 4 Million People Out of Poverty in 2012 and Reduced Hardship for Millions More

Sharon Parrott | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Sharon Parrott

SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) lifted 4 million people above the official poverty line in 2012, a...

Finding Health, Keeping the Money: Needles in the Nation's Haystacks

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Subsidizing better choices in the grocery store is a lot less expensive than stays in the intensive care unit. We don't need to prevent very many cases of diabetes, heart disease or bariatric surgeries to save back the costs of incentives for nutritious foods, 10 times over.

Ryan Budget's SNAP Cuts Even Deeper Than We Thought

Stacy Dean | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Stacy Dean

New information from the House Budget Committee shows that Chairman Ryan's planned cuts in SNAP (formerly food stamps) are even more draconian than we originally thought.

Families and Fiscal Cliffs in This Holiday Season

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

As discussions swirl around Washington on tax rates, entitlement "reform," and discretionary spending cuts, it seems all too easy to forget that real people will suffer if the wrong decisions are made in the next several weeks.

Food Banks' Dire Warning

Reuters | Posted 01.21.2013 | Business

* High commodity prices lead to drop in gov't food donations * Food banks increase food purchases, straining resources ...

3 Steps to Protecting Food Stamps From a Cruel Congress

Michele Simon | Posted 09.14.2012 | Politics
Michele Simon

Given that nine states have attempted to pass bills to try to improve SNAP, (all failed thanks to a combined lobbying effort by the food industry and anti-hunger groups, which also stopped New York City's high-profile attempt) why not give the idea a chance?

Arthur Delaney

House GOP Wants Deeper Cuts To Food Stamps | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As many as three million Americans would be cut off from food assistance in the next year under a Republican proposal that cleared a com...

SNAP: the Other Corporate Subsidy in the Farm Bill?

Michele Simon | Posted 04.16.2012 | Home
Michele Simon

This week Congress begins hearings on the 2012 farm bill, the massive piece of legislation that gets updated about every five years and undergirds America's entire food supply.

Eating On $3.39 a Day Is No SNAP, Nevadans Find

Darcy DeMarco | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Darcy DeMarco

Volunteers in Southern Nevada willingly lived for a week on a budget of $4.06 a day for food -- the average daily benefit for a single person on food stamps.

Local Food Banks Can't Keep Up With Demand

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.12.2011 | Detroit

Food banks in metro Detroit are struggling to keep up with demand as food assistance from federal and state programs is being cut. John Kastler, a ...

Who Should Decide How Food Stamps Are Spent?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.04.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Let's revisit the use of SNAP funds. We could say: It's not their money, so of course food choices can/should be regulated. Let's consider the implications. What is out of bounds?

A Mobile Strategy for America's Eating Problem

Laurie M. Tisch | Posted 10.04.2011 | New York
Laurie M. Tisch

Rather than going hungry, millions of Americans are turning to calorie-dense fast food that won't break the bank. But programs that bring affordable, wholesome foods to neighborhoods that crave them are popping up everywhere.

Remember the Most Vulnerable in the Deficit Battles

Kate Maehr | Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago
Kate Maehr

If the economy is showing tepid signs of recovery, we're seeing no indication at the hundreds of food pantries and shelters we serve daily. Record numbers of people are still in need of emergency food assistance -- many for the first time.

Amanda Terkel

GOP Cuts Food Assistance For Low-Income Families While Protecting Azaleas | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you're an azalea at the National Arboretum, you're in luck -- a Republican on the House Appropriations Committee is looking out for y...

How The Agriculture Appropriations Bill Punishes The Poor

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 08.04.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

Funding anti-hunger programs is an investment in our future. It saves money in health care costs and improves children's performance in school. It is also the moral and ethical thing for Congress to do.