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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...

Arguments Against Raising Minimum Wage Don't Hold Up

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

One in four U.S. employees are low-wage workers. That is 20 percent higher than in the United Kingdom, and the highest percentage among industrialized nations. So how'd that all anti-union stuff work out?

Cardinal Sparks Outrage In Sex Abuse Survivors With Tone-Deaf Analogy

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) One of the most powerful men in the Vatican, charged with cleaning up corruption and fostering financial reform, has outraged survi...

Hunter Stuart

The Percentage Of Americans Who Can't Afford Food Hasn't Budged Since The Recession Peaked

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business

On a recent night last week, dinner for Jill Taormina and her family was Totino’s Pizza Rolls with a side of canned pears. There was no other food o...

Food Assistance Programs Can Help Seniors in Need

Jim T. Miller | Posted 10.01.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

It's hard to imagine that a government program serving more than 46 million Americans each month is considered severely underutilized. But that's the reality of the federal Food Stamp Program when it comes to serving seniors.

SNAP Is 25 Years Old And More Vocal Against Priest Abuse Than Ever

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion

(RNS) When victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests first organized into a small band of volunteer activists in the late 1980s, reports of clergy m...

Poverty Is Profitable: 1 out of 3 US Consumers in Debt Collection

Peter Van Buren | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

A new report by the Urban Institute and Encore Capital Group's Consumer Credit Research Institute shows 77 million Americans -- 35 percent of those with files at a major credit bureau -- have a debt in collection. But as you can expect, there is always someone profiting from poverty.

Will Disappearing Text Apps Revolutionize Divorce?

Natalie Gregg | Posted 09.27.2014 | Divorce
Natalie Gregg

If your "disappearing ink" can suddenly reappear, you may be in for a world of hurt. The best practice is to refrain from sending incriminating, lascivious, crazy photos, tweets and videos on ANY service. I have never seen any such communication deliver a positive outcome.

Arthur Delaney

States Undo Food Stamp Felon Bans

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two states are taking small steps away from a little-known aspect of the war on drugs. The California Legislature has just passed a...

An Agenda for Fighting Hunger in Our Communities Year-Round

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Rep. Gwen Moore

Hunger is a daily reality for millions of Americans, and has negative consequences for individuals of all ages. However, it is especially harmful for the development and well-being of children. Inadequate nutrition can permanently alter a child's development.

No Drug Tests For Food Stamp Recipients, Feds Tell Georgia

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government has put the state of Georgia on formal notice that it can't make poor people take drug tests when they apply for ...

Sex Abuse Survivors Not Sure They Want To Meet With Pope Francis

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis’ announcement this week that he would meet with victims of sexual abuse by priests is dividing victim advocates, with some dismis...

Are These The Bishops Under Investigation For Sex Abuse?

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has warned he has “zero tolerance” for child sex abuse in the Catholic Church and revealed that three bishops are ...

If You Can't Afford Tampons, What Do You Do?

Sue Kerr | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Sue Kerr

The stigma of menstruation compounded by the stigma of poverty shouldn't leave our neighbors without the items they need for their basic health and welfare.

What I Realized When I Finally Decided To Sign Up For Food Stamps

Dennis Powers | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Dennis Powers

These were not the dregs of society looking for a handout. These were working people, just like me, who just needed some help. This was a shocking reminder of what has become of the middle class.

The Budget Is Not Fair, Mr. Chair

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The way to end poverty is not to cut the very programs that are making the difference. What kind of leaders believe we can afford massive tax breaks for the richest one percent but cannot afford to meet the survival needs of all our poor children?

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...

Biblical Funding for National Projects: Private Charity v. Tax-and-Spend

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

This unfair, freeloader-encouraging formula is exactly what it means to leave society's beneficial, essential projects to charity. The only hope for a fair formula is to require contributions. That is why the Torah funds the safety net for the needy by required contributions.

Dinner for Four on $10 a Day

Jeannie Boutelle | Posted 06.28.2014 | Chicago
Jeannie Boutelle

For a busy family, cooking a healthy dinner is not easy, it requires knowledge, skills and commitment to good food. In some ways, it is not a surprise that McDonalds becomes an option for some families.

The Seed Experiment

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The case for providing the basics for all children in America is hard to refute. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.2 million children were lifted out of poverty by SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, in 2012. Yet right now we are fast approaching a critical time for hungry children: summer vacation.

Feed Our Student-Athletes (and Their Classmates, Too)

Joel Berg | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Joel Berg

Thanks to the NCAA, celebrity student athletes will likely no longer go hungry, but countless other low-income college students will continue to face hunger or food insecurity.

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.