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Why We Must Restore the SNAP Cuts

Letitia James | Posted 04.20.2014 | New York
Letitia James

It is good policy to help those who are poor, struggling and hungry. Yet, the new Farm Bill that was recently passed in Washington is among the most short-sighted and regressive pieces of legislation we have seen in a long time.

A Hand Up Is Not a Handout

Randi Weingarten | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Let's do a mini-lesson in critical thinking. Here's a glossary of programs that many lawmakers love to hate. Let's examine whether they are a drain on or a benefit to individuals, their families and our communities.

The Hungry Child

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Hunger and malnutrition have devastating consequences for children. Federal nutrition programs continue to be a critical support to ensure children's daily nutritional needs are met: they put food on children's plates, help build healthy minds and bodies, and help lift families out of poverty.

Ethics Aside, SNAP Is Good for the Economy

Madeline Ruoff | Posted 04.15.2014 | Teen
Madeline Ruoff

In reducing SNAP, we're targeting those who truly cannot afford it. A several dollar cut in a well-off person's food budget each month is nothing -- for the truly needy, it can be devastating.

I'm a Single Working Mom -- Stop Calling Me a 'Taker'

Janice Benson | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Janice Benson

Some days I am so weary I could sit and cry, if I didn't have so much to do. Entire networks and politicians make careers out of demonizing women like me as takers. Meanwhile, I just pray and work.

Too Soon to Celebrate New SNAP Incentive Program in the Farm Bill

Michele Simon | Posted 04.12.2014 | Home
Michele Simon

There are still a lot of details to be ironed out. Under the program, the funding averages $20 million a year (for five years) in an $80 billion annual program with more than 47 million participants. If every SNAP participant were included, that would amount to less than 50 cents of incentives per person for the entire year.

Why President Obama Should Veto the Farm Bill

Carl Gibson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

In the passage of the current Farm Bill, Congress literally just took $9 billion in food stamps from hungry and poor families and gave it out to big agribusiness giants in the form of more corporate welfare. President Obama could send the bill back to Congress and refuse to sign it until Congress properly funds the food stamp program.

A Farm Bill at the Expense of the Poor

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

Two years after its deadline, a Farm Bill emerges from Congress headed to the President's desk. For months, the Agriculture Conferees struggled to compromise on the various elements of the farm bill that our nation needs.

Bipartisan Support to Cut Food Assistance

Karen Dolan | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Karen Dolan

The key to bipartisan support? Cut food assistance to struggling families.

Farm Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Long-delayed farm legislation cleared a procedural hurdle on Monday in the U.S. Senate, with passage of the nearly $1 ...

What's in the 2014 Farm Bill?

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The ultimate deal was far from perfect, but it reflects the growing power of the food movement and it just might hint at the beginnings of a new direction for American agriculture.

How to Make It in America as a Single Mother, by the Numbers

Taylor Hirth | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Taylor Hirth

I have composed this sample buget. It accounts for the things that many people expect lower income families to maintain, and maintain without public assistance. It doesn't account for saving for college for our children, saving for retirement, or saving for much of anything at all.

House Passes Farm Bill Cutting $800 Million From Food Stamps Program

AP | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

BY MARY CLARE JALONICK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed an almost $100 billion-a-year, compromise farm bill that woul...

Tonight's State of the Union Should Also Offer Economic Opportunity for People With Drug Law Felonies

Alexsandra Smith | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Alexsandra Smith

As it stands today, felony drug offenders face significant obstacles to joining the economy.

Arthur Delaney

Proposed Food Stamp Cuts Are Much Smaller Than GOP Sought

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Though the farm bill unveiled Monday night by a bipartisan panel of House and Senate lawmakers contains $9 billion in cuts to the food s...

Farm Bill Agreement Would Cut Food Stamps

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House plan to make major cuts to food stamps would be scaled back under a bipartisan agreement on a massive farm bill, a near en...

Farm Bill Agreement Could Come Within Days: Report

Reuters | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - An agreement on the long-overdue U.S. farm bill could be completed as soon as Monday, followed by final approval like...

The New Face Of Food Stamps

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps — a switch from a few years ...

Report: Nearly Half Of NYC Food Banks Ran Out Of Supplies After SNAP Benefits Were Cut

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.24.2014 | Impact

The $5 billion cut to food stamps that went into effect in November has forced struggling New Yorkers to turn to pantries for help, but many of the or...

The Glitches of Outsourcing IT Services

Donald Cohen | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

The healthcare.gov launch is a debacle for those who believe that we should outsource public services to for-profit companies without adequate planning and oversight. Sadly, when it comes to outsourcing government IT services, the healthcare.gov example is par for the course.

The Finger-Pointing Caucus: Rich Congress, Poor Americans

Margie Omero | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Margie Omero

Predictably, recent celebrations of the anniversary of the War on Poverty, votes to extend unemployment insurance, discussions of a minimum wage hike,...

It's Hunger: Let's Call It What It Is

John Feather, PhD | Posted 03.19.2014 | Fifty
John Feather, PhD

The statistics on senior hunger and the personal stories behind the numbers are shocking, but that should be a call to action.

GOP Senator Wants Food Stamp Recipients To Show Photo ID To Buy Food

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on Wednesday introduced legislation to require food stamp recipients to produce a valid photo ID every time they purchase fo...

Vatican Faces Bruising Showdown On Sex Abuse Record

AP | John Helprin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is gearing up for a bruising showdown over the global priest sex abuse scandal, forced for the first time to defend it...

I Am The New Working Poor And I'm Not Alone

Dennis Powers | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Dennis Powers

I am the new working poor. The "better life" that my parents worked so hard to make for me, that I worked so hard to improve, had come down to this decision: whether to purchase food for my belly or the medication to prevent another stroke.