At a time when the food stamp program is keeping millions out of poverty and easing the struggles of those who are already poor, our Congress is mulling over how best to cut the program. Perhaps three ghosts need to pay our "leaders" a visit and awaken their Scrooge-ish consciences.
Christians of the world are calling on our leaders to act. We are not asking for anything more than we know can be done. Join us in prayer at noon on Dec. 10 and together we can create a world in which the lowly are lifted up and the hungry are filled.
Over the holiday weekend, I saw heart-wrenching news stories from across the country illustrating the impact of cuts through the personal stories of children and families that are using SNAP to get back on their feet.
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Raising the minimum wage is a better way to cut spending on assistance programs because higher wages cut the need for assistance such as food stamps. Raising the minimum wage increases other wages as well, for example low-paid supervisors of minimum-wage employees.
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.
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.
If those who render the government dysfunctional did want to work, they could pass a decent food stamp bill, so charities wouldn't have to go begging in order to feed our fellow citizens.
After the recent cut, people receiving food stamps get an average of less than $1.40 per meal. That certainly doesn't buy a Thanksgiving dinner, but it also doesn't provide enough to put food on the table all month long.
Almost 1 in 5 American families struggled to meet one or more of nine basic needs in 2011. These included difficulty meeting essential expenses, not paying rent or mortgage, getting evicted, having utilities or phone service cut off, not seeing a doctor or dentist when needed, or not always having enough food.
As we gather around the dinner table this holiday season, we are called to reflect on our blessings. Yet there are millions of American families who are still rebuilding in the wake of the worst recession in decades -- and they still need help.
By seeking input and obtaining buy-in from the populace, de Blasio may have better luck than his predecessor even in the latter's chosen food arena.
At the urgings of those few that know my circumstances, it is with great embarrassment and humility that I admit that I bought the ingredients for my original prize-winning recipe and testings using my SNAP (food stamp) benefits.
The time has come for Americans to gain a fresh perspective of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). To do so, the first step is to clarify a few facts about the program.
We do have choices to make as a nation about spending and taxing. But as a Catholic, animated by the teachings of Jesus, I cannot for the life of me see how we can target food stamps going to the "least among us" while leaving private equity and hedge fund managers' favored tax rates untouched.
I believe food stamps could be reimagined, and the result could be a win for all concerned. I see many more challenges in the realm of health promotion with just such win-win potential.