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After 20 Years, TANF Provides Little to Poor Families

Ife Floyd | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Ife Floyd

Twenty years after Temporary Assistance for Needy Families' (TANF) inception, few poor families actually receive cash assistance under it and, for tho...

What Standing In Line For Food Stamps Taught Oprah's First Book Club Author About Judgment

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 03.24.2016 | OWN

When Oprah's Book Club first launched in 1996, it was an instant phenomenon -- and so was first-time author Jacquelyn Mitchard. Her debut novel, The D...

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...

This Is What It's Like To Be A Single Mom On Food Stamps

Posted 07.26.2014 | Divorce

By StephQJ for A couple of weeks ago, my 13-year-old son called to share with me something he'd heard on conservative talk radio i...

WATCH: I Was Chased Out Of A Grocery Store For Using Food Stamps

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.01.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Nearly 49 million Americans, including 15.9 million children, struggle with hunger on a daily basis. In a conversation about food insecurity and pover...

Who Lands in the Safety Net?

Irv Katz | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Irv Katz

It's not just a lack of empathy or understanding of the facts. It's about leadership and the failure of our leaders to temper ideology with pragmatism and acting for the greater good.

'It Is Nowhere Near Enough': Advice For Cory Booker's Food Stamp Challenge

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics

Newark mayor Cory Booker is living on food stamps this week, spending less than $5 a day on his meals. Some critics have suggested that a week isn't e...

The Real Welfare Queens

Posted 09.25.2012 | Business

Welfare queens may actually look more like giant corporations. The government spent about $59 billion to pay for traditional social welfare progra...

Jaweed Kaleem

Muslim On The 47 Percent: Islam Says Governments Have "Responsibility To Provide" For The People | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.21.2012 | Religion

For 14 years, Umar Hakim has devoted his life to working with people who depend on food stamps, public housing, homeless shelters, Medicaid and Social...

Jaweed Kaleem

Rabbi On The 47 Percent: Giving To People In Need Is a Jewish Obligation | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.21.2012 | Religion

Rabbi Matt Soffer wouldn't call himself a member of the "47 percent," but according to the description of the group offered by Republican presidential...

Jaweed Kaleem

47 Percenter On Food Stamps: 'Only So Much You Can Do To Ensure Your Survival' | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics

At 28 years old, Skyler Robinson lives with his grandparents and struggles to make ends meet between a part-time cashier job at Target that pays $400 ...

Jaweed Kaleem

Seminarian: Christianity Teaches That 'People Are Entitled To Food' | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.21.2012 | Religion

As a seminarian at the Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Brandon Lazarus wants to make tending to the poor and homeless his life's work. He decide...

Are We Too Picky?

Anne Zink | Posted 11.17.2012 | Business
Anne Zink

Somewhere between the early '80s and today, we seem to have forgotten work feels good! It's empowering to finish the day knowing you accomplished something no matter how menial. I am concerned we've become very uppity.

Las Vegas Mayor Goes On Food Stamps

ABC News | By Alyssa Newcomb | Posted 01.27.2012 | Politics

Carolyn Goodman may be the only mayor in the United States on food stamps, but it's only temporary. Goodman is taking part in a local food bank's chal...

I Am Not an Advocate for the Homeless

Te-Erika Patterson | Posted 03.28.2012 | Impact
Te-Erika Patterson

I am an advocate for people who are not afraid to fail and try again. I am an advocate for those who wish to contribute to our society. I am an advocate for those who believe they can and should attain their wildest dreams.

One In Four Americans Would Be Poor Without Government Help: Study

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business

As rampant as poverty is in America, it would be much worse without government aid. The Census Bureau estimates that last year a record 46 million ...

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?

Stephanie Hallett

Why Getting A Government Handout May HARM Your Marriage | Stephanie Hallett | Posted 11.13.2011 | Divorce

It probably comes as no surprise that money troubles often lead to marital strife. But could receiving government assistance such as food stamps, Medi...

Suckers in the Garden

Anne Phillips | Posted 07.13.2011 | Business
Anne Phillips

PT Barnum I guess said it best " There is a sucker born every minute." Unfortunately I think we can be much more gullible when times are more difficul...

Americans Depend More on Federal Aid Than Ever | Posted 06.26.2011 | Politics

Americans depended more on government assistance in 2010 than at any other time in the nation's history, a USA TODAY analysis of federal data finds. T...

Hope Is Beautiful, Unless...

Kenneth Kales | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kenneth Kales

Hope is beautiful unless it is fantasy, in which case it can be ugly. You and I have struggled through years of this recession with promises that keep our hopes alive.

Rajeev Goyal Listens to the Villagers of Nepal

Laurence Leamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laurence Leamer

In terms of the philanthropic world, Krisiko Asha was microscopic in purpose, serving to advance sixteen tiny villages in the remote hills of Nepal, one of the poorest, smallest countries in the world.

People Are Hungry: How Can We Fix It?

Lisanne Finston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisanne Finston

What are we to do to address the problem of hunger around the nation? We must move beyond the quick fix emergency system that band aids the problem, to a long term approach that builds food security.

Welfare Policy, Leg-Up Versus Hand-Out

Emily Henry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Emily Henry

Britain is criticized as being too lenient, too ready to hand out money first and ask questions later. America, on the other hand, forces people to jump through loops even to find out what help is available.

Who Will Pay for Bristol and Levi's Baby?

Kim Stagliano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kim Stagliano

The other day I heard a talking head on the TV saying that Bristol Palin's pregnancy was more acceptable to conservatives because, "the government wou...