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SNAP: A Critical Safety Net for Millions in Need

Colleen Callahan | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Colleen Callahan

Recently, I traveled to San Antonio, Texas to interview Virginia, whose story illustrates the important role SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) plays in the lives of 48 million Americans. This program, formerly known as the food stamps program, is the federal government's first line of defense against food insecurity in the United States.

You Won't Believe What This Guy Said To 'The Daily Show' About Poverty

Posted 12.18.2013 | Comedy

Here's one of those correspondent segments from "The Daily Show" that leaves you wondering, "Has this guy honestly never seen the show?" There's real...

Homelessness a Matter of Life, Death in Upper Peninsula

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

"They have to realize that what they're doing is hurting families. We're going to have a need for more food for people to survive a month."

5 Ways Eric Cantor Can Be a Good Food Champion

Jim Slama | Posted 02.10.2014 | Home
Jim Slama

As Majority Leader, Cantor could use his powerful position to get a comprehensive, five-year farm bill done before Congress leaves town for the holidays. Here are five ways that the new farm bill can, and should support Good Food.

Giving the Gift of a Healthier Future This Holiday Season

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

SNAP does more than just provide food. It makes a real and perceptible difference in the lives of young children and their families, and ensures a brighter, healthier future for the entire country.

Food Stamp Enrollment Declines!

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After rising steadily every year since the start of the Great Recession in 2007, food stamp enrollment may have finally peaked and begun...

Ghosts of Hunger Past, Present, and Future

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

At a time when the food stamp program is keeping millions out of poverty and easing the struggles of those who are already poor, our Congress is mulling over how best to cut the program. Perhaps three ghosts need to pay our "leaders" a visit and awaken their Scrooge-ish consciences.

A Wave of Prayer to End Hunger, Protect SNAP

David Beckmann | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
David Beckmann

Christians of the world are calling on our leaders to act. We are not asking for anything more than we know can be done. Join us in prayer at noon on Dec. 10 and together we can create a world in which the lowly are lifted up and the hungry are filled.

Farm Bill Should Fight Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

We need a Farm Bill that fights hunger in America and preserves the food stamp (SNAP) program. There are millions of Americans struggling because of unemployment and low wages. Yet, SNAP cuts took effect November 1st and more might be on the way.

Reflecting on Hunger this Holiday Season

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

Over the holiday weekend, I saw heart-wrenching news stories from across the country illustrating the impact of cuts through the personal stories of children and families that are using SNAP to get back on their feet.

Want to Cut Food Stamp Spending? Raise the Minimum Wage

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

Raising the minimum wage is a better way to cut spending on assistance programs because higher wages cut the need for assistance such as food stamps. Raising the minimum wage increases other wages as well, for example low-paid supervisors of minimum-wage employees.

Isaiah and the Politics of Utopian Thinking (Isaiah 11:1-10)

Brennan Breed | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Brennan Breed

Earlier this month -- just in time for the holidays -- an automatic cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) decreased food aid to 47 million Americans who struggle to afford food on a daily basis.

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.

Preventable Hunger in Our Land of Plenty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

While many American families gather around the Thanksgiving table this week, some of us combining this year's traditional dinners with Hanukkah feasts, the nearly 49 million Americans living in food insecure households will be struggling to afford the food they need.

Arthur Delaney

GOP Wants To Steal Turkey From Poor People, White House Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is hitting Republicans on the head with a turkey leg because they want to cut food stamp spending and it's Than...

Health Benefits

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Daniel J. Schultz

The time has come for Americans to gain a fresh perspective of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). To do so, the first step is to clarify a few facts about the program.

Food Stamp Cuts, Holidays Stress Food Banks

Pew's Stateline | Jake Grovum | Posted 11.26.2013 | 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...

Hardship in America, 2013: Getting By Has Gotten Tougher

Arloc Sherman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Arloc Sherman

Almost 1 in 5 American families struggled to meet one or more of nine basic needs in 2011. These included difficulty meeting essential expenses, not paying rent or mortgage, getting evicted, having utilities or phone service cut off, not seeing a doctor or dentist when needed, or not always having enough food.

During the Holiday of Plenty, Remembering Those With Less

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

As we gather around the dinner table this holiday season, we are called to reflect on our blessings. Yet there are millions of American families who are still rebuilding in the wake of the worst recession in decades -- and they still need help.

Meet the Woman Who Accidentally Explained Poverty to the Nation

Linda Tirado | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Linda Tirado

Coming up with enough money that you are comfortable is the real American dream, and it is one that the people I am used to don't believe in as much as hope hard for. I have spent my life on the margins due to my own actions and an equal amount of things that I cannot control.

A 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Winner Urges Congress to Protect and Enhance SNAP (Food Stamps)

Kim Doyle Wille | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Kim Doyle Wille

At the urgings of those few that know my circumstances, it is with great embarrassment and humility that I admit that I bought the ingredients for my original prize-winning recipe and testings using my SNAP (food stamp) benefits.

Arthur Delaney

Plan To Keep Ex-Cons Off Food Stamps Wouldn't Save Much

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Sen. David Vitter introduced legislation banning convicted rapists, murderers and pedophiles from receiving food stamps, the Louisi...

Fixing Food Stamps for All? Could be a SNAP

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I believe food stamps could be reimagined, and the result could be a win for all concerned. I see many more challenges in the realm of health promotion with just such win-win potential.

Can You Feed a Family on Less Than $7.42?

Sid Mohn | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

As a nation that values hard work, determination, and climbing the rungs into success and independence, cutting funds for the safety net that makes those first steps possible is not only against our values, it's cruel.

Progressive Christians? A Response to "The Gospel of Selfishness in American Christianity"

Martha St Jean | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Martha St Jean

Those who abuse the Gospel and distort the truth may be publicly called out on the incongruence of their lives. For those of us who strive to walk in the steps of Christ -- please don't call us progressive; call us simply "Christians."