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House GOP Votes to Take Food From the Mouths of Hungry Children to Give Huge Tax Break to Children of Multi-Millionaires -- Really?

Robert Creamer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

I am not exaggerating. The GOP voted to eliminate the estate tax. But the estate tax only applies to estates larger than $5.4 million for an individual and $10.9 million for couples. Eliminating the estate tax would benefit only 5,500 families in America (.02 percent of the population).

Nick Wing

A Day In The Life Of A Welfare Recipient, According To GOP Legislation | Nick Wing | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

How do people who benefit from the government's safety net programs spend their money? If you based your understanding on some of the recent Republica...

Thank God for Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a nation where millions of working families still can't earn enough to pay rent, pay the bills, and put food on the table at the same time -- and where in fiscal year 2013 there were 4.9 million households with no income but SNAP, including 1.3 million households with children -- relying on the charity of PB and J Day is not a substitute for justice.

Arthur Delaney

The GOP Has A Split Personality When It Comes To Food Stamps | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In March, congressional Republicans unveiled a budget that could kick 11 million Americans off food stamps in future years. On Wedne...

Arthur Delaney

Gwyneth Paltrow's Food Stamp Experience Versus Reality | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is the latest celebrity to dramatize the difficulty of life on food stamps by limiting her food budget for a wee...

Big Winners and Big Losers in the House and Senate Republican Budgets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers. The big winners are defense spending and contractors and very wealthy people and powerful special interests. The big losers are children, our poorest group in America, and struggling low- and middle-income families.

Here’s How Gwyneth Paltrow Did On A $29 Food Stamp Budget

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 04.17.2015 | Entertainment

For seven days, Gwyneth Paltrow will live on the $29-per-week budget of families who rely on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). ...

Let's Give Child Hunger a Summer Vacation

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Many children eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and the carefree days of summer, playing outside in the warm sun, splashing and swimming in pools and at beaches, and gathering with family and friends for backyard barbeques. But for more than 17 million children the end of school can be the end of certainty about where and when their next meal will come.

Hedge-Fund Billionaires Seek Reform Without Research

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.30.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Some research suggests that charter schools perform no better than existing public schools. And even if we wanted to, it would be nearly impossible to take the charter movement to scale. So why are the billionaire "disruptors" of the hedge-fund world so hell-bent on establishing charter schools? Money and influence may help to explain it.

Can Congress SNAP Out of It?

Rev. Peter E. Bauer | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Rev. Peter E. Bauer

I wonder why this Congress wants to go after single mothers with children who are on limited income. Why do they also want to go after the elderly, who also are on fixed incomes, and are worried about shelter, utility expenses, and getting appropriate food and medicine?

GOP Budget Could Kick 11 Million Off Food Stamps

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

Congressional Republicans proposed a budget this week that could kick 11 million people off food stamps, according to an outside analysis released Fri...

Key Programs Lay Building Blocks for Kids' Success

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 05.18.2015 | 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.

Arthur Delaney

Planned Food Stamp Cuts To Affect Some Vets | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Roughly 60,000 veterans will be cut from food stamps next year absent policy changes at the federal level, a liberal think tank warned T...

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.

Arthur Delaney

How Republicans Could Cut Food Stamps This Year | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's new point man on food stamps, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), insists that he doesn't want to cut nutrition assistan...

Arthur Delaney

Who Gets Food Stamps? White People, Mostly | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gene Alday, a Republican member of the Mississippi state legislature, apologized last week for telling a reporter that all the African-A...

Congressman Urges Constituents To Spy On Food Stamp Users: Report

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's not unusual for a Republican lawmaker to relate stories of poor people using food stamps to buy questionable items. It's less commo...

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...

Arthur Delaney

Republicans Want To Require Photo ID For Food Stamps | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even though the previous Congress spent two years fighting over comprehensive food stamp legislation, some Republicans in the current Co...

What Happened to Snapchat's Best Friends Feature and What It Means for Your Relationship

Brian Hanley | Posted 03.30.2015 | Technology
Brian Hanley

With the Best Friends feature gone, we can no longer rely on the fear of getting caught to act appropriately. We must hold ourselves accountable for our actions. It doesn't matter who's watching.

Arthur Delaney

1 Million Expected To Be Kicked Off Food Stamps | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Food stamp enrollment is expected to fall by 1 million next year thanks to harsher rules, according to a new report by a liberal Washing...

The New Senate 13 -- Unlucky for Women?

Martha Burk | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

Some people think 13 is a lucky number, and some say the opposite. When it comes to the fresh faces in the Senate, this particular number 13 is likely to be very unlucky for women.

A Handout Is a Hand Up

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Growing up in poverty increases the chances that an American will continue to live in poverty as an adult. That's of course bad for the people directly affected and also bad for the economy. Furthermore, it casts a long shadow on The American Dream.

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.

A Prescription for a Plant-Based Diet Can Help Reverse Diabetes

Neal Barnard, M.D. | Posted 01.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Neal Barnard, M.D.

As worrisome as the new statistics are, the solutions to the diabetes epidemic are at hand. With a plant-based diet, we could help tackle the disease once and for all.