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Your Tax Dollars Helped To Slash The Poverty Rate In Half. Plus Other Ways You're Helping

Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact

Maybe Uncle Sam didn't cut you a break on Tax Day, but we're here to offer you some perspective. Instead of expressing your financial frustrations, re...

Most Powerful Man in the World Grew Up on Food Stamps

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

I was at a dinner with Barack Obama through a series of flukes and didn't speak with him long. But I wanted to know what the president thought about child poverty. He reminded me that his mother used Food Stamps when he was young. This has been written about before, but hearing him say it struck me.

Severe Obesity? Let 'Em Eat Kale!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We need to reorient our cultural attitude about obesity so it is not an excuse to argue the respective merits of personal responsibility and public policy. Rather, if we are to fix it at its origins, we need to acknowledge that people who are empowered are most capable, and most inclined, to exercise responsibility.

Give Congress a Pay Raise? As If!

Jamison Doran | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Jamison Doran

Shut down the government? They still collect their paychecks. Waste time voting on a Supreme Court upheld law? Doesn't matter, they can waste all the time they want and still get paid. If only the rest of us had such cushy jobs that rewarded us for not doing a damn thing.

10 Things You Can't Buy With Food Stamps

Sue Kerr | Posted 06.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Instead of discussing the horror of someone buying soda pop or a steak with SNAP (food stamps), it would be great to turn the conversation to the things that can't be purchased and think for a minute how we could find a workaround.

Ryan Budget Gets 69 Percent of Its Cuts From Low-Income Programs

Richard Kogan | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Richard Kogan

These disproportionate cuts -- which likely account for at least $3.3 trillion of the budget's $4.8 trillion in non-defense cuts over the next decade -- contrast sharply with the budget's rhetoric about helping the poor and promoting opportunity.

To the Woman Behind Me in Line at the Grocery Store

Andrea Gardner | Posted 06.03.2014 | Good News
Andrea Gardner

You don't know me. You have no clue that my family has gone through the wringer. You have no clue that we have faced unbelievable hardship. You know none of this but you didn't let that stop you from being compassionate and generous to someone you have never met.

Chairman Ryan's Budget: 'More Poverty, Less Opportunity'

Bob Greenstein | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Budgets are about priorities. Despite Chairman Ryan's rhetoric on fighting poverty and boosting opportunity, no fair-minded observer can claim that his proposals actually reflect those priorities -- or sugarcoat their harsh impact on tens of millions of low- and moderate-income Americans.

Preview of New Ryan Budget: As Extreme as Last Year's, If Not More So

Joel Friedman | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Joel Friedman

Basic budget arithmetic suggests that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's coming budget will be at least as extreme as his budget last year, and likely more so.

Ryan Report Largely Ignores Anti-Poverty Programs' Long-Term Successes

Arloc Sherman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Arloc Sherman

The Ryan report grimly concludes that federal programs are "failing to address" poverty. Poverty certainly remains too high. But the report seems determined not to recognize the long-term successes of existing programs even when the evidence is in plain sight.

WATCH: Fox News' 'Preferential Option for the Rich'

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Fox voiceovers loom: "Food stamp abusers, eating on taxpayers." Then another, "America's poor are actually living the good life" -- quite a despicable comment revealing the perspective of those who have never lived with, worked with, or even been around poor people in America.

How to Cut Poverty and Save Taxpayers $4.6 Billion a Year

Sally Steenland | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Sally Steenland

A single number can change the public debate on an issue that seems stalled. The number is $4.6 billion, and it represents how much money taxpayers will save annually if the federal minimum wage is raised to $10.10 per hour.

Arthur Delaney

ANOTHER State Offsets Food Stamp Cuts | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Massachusetts on Tuesday became the eighth state to announce new measures to protect food stamp beneficiaries from cuts recently approve...

Win-Win Policy Changes for WIC & Childhood Obesity Rates

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel J. Schultz

Some have pointed out the fine details of the study, which showed that obesity rates for the rest of the population remained steady while the rate of obesity actually increased for women over 60 years old. Nonetheless, a decrease in obesity rates is always a positive sign.

Money-Saving Tips for Seniors

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.13.2014 | Fifty
Jason Alderman

We all love a good bargain, no matter what our age. But if you're a senior citizen on a fixed income, finding discounted goods and services can mean the difference between making ends meet and going without.

More Evidence That SNAP Caseloads Have Started Falling

Dottie Rosenbaum | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Dottie Rosenbaum

A million fewer people received SNAP last December than in December 2012 -- the fourth straight month in which participation fell from the previous year. This is just the latest sign that SNAP, which critics claim is out of control, has begun to shrink as the economy slowly recovers from the Great Recession.

Arthur Delaney

Obama Administration Won't Delay Food Stamp Cuts, But States Can | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Food stamp recipients affected by benefit cuts Congress passed in February will get no reprieve from the Obama administration. The U....

Pope Francis Slammed For Innaction And Comments On Sex Abuse

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is coming under increasing criticism that he simply doesn't get it on sex abuse. Three months after the Vatican an...

Program That Gives Assistance To Women, Infants And Children Gets Revamped

Reuters | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Some 9 million poor women and young children who receive federal food assistance under the U.S. government's so-calle...

Food Charities That Really Make a Difference

Karl Wilder | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Karl Wilder

Trinity Place Shelter is a tiny, little shelter for homeless youth located in a church basement. Despite the location, no religion is thrust upon these kids. I volunteer and teach periodic cooking classes to the kids who are interested. I preach the gospel of vegetables.

Food Stamp Surfer Aces Fox News Interview

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In their quest to cut nutrition spending last year, Republicans held up Jason Greenslate as the perfect example of somebody who should n...

Monique Ruffin: My Third Metric Life

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.26.2014 | Women
Monique Ruffin

My son's smile is brighter than sunshine, and when he flashes it I sometimes feel like I've hit the lottery.

Arthur Delaney

13 Famous People Who Once Got Food Stamps | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Jan Koum sold his company, WhatsApp, to Facebook for $19 billion on Wednesday, he signed the paperwork against the front door of th...

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.