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Could Food Stamps Be The Leading Cause Of Obesity?

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 07.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Stephanie R. Caudle

Photo Courtesy of: Foodstampsnow.com According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, obesity is defined as excess ...

Test Your Patriotism With The Red, White, And You Quiz

Samuel C. Spitale | Posted 06.27.2016 | Comedy
Samuel C. Spitale

Sure, it feels patriotic to BBQ on our day off and light fireworks we hope won't start a brush fire, but it's little more than consumerism wrapped in the seasonal marketing of nationalism. But fear not! If you wanna put your patriotism to the test, we've got just the thing for you.

Will Hillary Clinton Reach Out to The Poor?

Bill Ayres | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
Bill Ayres

The Bill Clinton economic/poverty legacy is a mixed bag. What legacy will his wife, Hillary Clinton leave as president, if elected?

April Starts the SNAP Cutoff

Ed Bolen | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Ed Bolen

Thousands of the nation's poorest people began losing SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) on April 1 due to the return in nearly two dozen s...

God Hates John Kasich

Pat LaMarche | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

John Kasich must be asking himself why God hates him so much. If he were just losing to Cruz or Rubio, two men he is head and shoulders above in experience and intellect, he might think The Almighty was only mildly miffed at him. But NO!

USDA Nutrition: Where We've Been and Where We're Going Next

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

Since Secretary Vilsack invited me to join him at USDA as Under Secretary of Food and Nutrition Consumer Services (FNCS), not only have we helped to bring America back from the brink of a second economic depression, we have also worked to institutionalize more opportunities and pathways directed at helping states assist consumers and expand direct access to healthy and affordable food.

Getting Needed Food Benefits Is Anything But a SNAP

EBONY.com | Posted 10.27.2015 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

There is a prevalent stigma attached to needing public benefits to survive, even temporarily, but the stigma intensifies when the benefit seeker is a Black woman. We fight both our "strong Black woman" archetypes to admit that we need help, and then turn from that metamorphosis to battle against the "welfare queen" stereotype associated with anti-Blackness.

#HungerChallenge Day 4: A Whole Different World

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.18.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Folks, my neighbors have made it to Day 4 of the #HungerChallenge. They've definitely faced some dilemmas and made some tough choices. Remember that f...

Arthur Delaney

GOP Bill Would Treat Food Stamp Recipients Like Pregnant Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A faction of Republicans in the House of Representatives wants to stop poor people from buying junk food with food stamps. Under pro...

Gwyneth, I Hope You Learned Something

Ashley Alteman | Posted 06.21.2015 | Impact
Ashley Alteman

I hope that this challenge taught you a few things: mainly, how a large percentage of the American population lives quite differently than you do. More so, I hope the next time you sit back and ponder why you get slammed in the media so frequently, you will reread your previous statements.

Living on Food Stamps is Impossible

Karl Wilder | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Karl Wilder

This country does not need another celebrity to tell us how life is for "these people." These people are all around us and they are hungry. We need to have some compassion, stop hating the poor and try to understand them.

The Unconservatism of Micromanaging the Poor

Greg Weiner | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Greg Weiner

Of course, all subsidies, including charitable ones, are liable to abuse. That is not, of itself, a reason not to give them. Crucially, on conservative premises, that is also not a reason to attempt to eliminate all exploitation.

Senior Malnutrition: A National Nutrition Crisis

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

A lot of appropriate attention is focused on hunger and food insecurity as well as obesity. However, malnutrition, also known as undernutrition, is a bigger threat because of the deeper health consequences it creates.

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...

Another Bite at the Apple: How SNAP Is Making Us a Healthier Nation

Todd Grindal | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Todd Grindal

There is compelling evidence that monetary incentives to purchase fruits and vegetables work, and this new research suggests that they work in many different types of neighborhoods.

Let's Be Smarter About Getting Food to Low-Income People

Andrew Jakabovics | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Andrew Jakabovics

For families who are housing and food insecure, taking advantage of grocery delivery services isn't easy. But there are ways to overcome those barriers, and low-income housing providers can play an important role.

2013 Census Data on Poverty, Income Tells a Story About Our Priorities

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

It turns out, we get results in the places we invest. The question is, are we investing in the right places?

Feeding People Better: Narrowing the Food Gap

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
Daniel J. Schultz

Low-income households have a lot of hardships to overcome. The last thing they need is the additional struggle of higher medical bills, more doctor visits, lower quality of life and less opportunity to obtain a job all due to the food we provide.

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.

Data Cast Doubts On Claims That Food Stamp Program Is Riddled With Waste, Fraud, Abuse

Pew's Stateline | Jake Grovum | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Time for Bad Businesses to Pony Up: Cheat Your Workers and Our Communities? Pay a Fee.

Sarita Gupta | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Sarita Gupta

Over half of the Fortune 500 companies in this country made a profit every year between 2008 and 2012. Yet together, those companies dodged a combined $73.1 billion in state income taxes.

This Onion Article Perfectly Illustrates Why No One Should Judge A Person On Food Stamps

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact

The thought of poor folks on food assistance buying brand name goods -- like Frosted Flakes, for example -- makes Carol Gaither's blood boil. "Ther...

Numbers of Poor Seniors Would Increase Under Ryan Budget

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

The Ryan path devastates programs that now help millions of seniors stay out of poverty. It would tip the balance in the wrong direction for too many of our elders who struggle daily to make ends meet.

Walmart Supports Raising Public Food Benefits -- For Its Own Profit

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Does Walmart really care more about the fate of about hungry children than does Congress? Um, not really. Walmart has instead acknowledged publicly that federal cuts to food stamps are a threat to its bottom line.