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SNAP Challenge Begins to Take Its Toll

Bob Aiken | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Bob Aiken

Not getting enough of the right types of food slows down my thinking and dampens my effectiveness at work -- for kids, not getting enough to eat has even broader consequences as it impacts their development, ability to achieve in school and physical health throughout their life

House To Vote On 'Draconian' Food Stamp Cuts

AP | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

BY MARY CLARE JALONICK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The House is poised to vote on cutting nearly $4 billion a year from food stamp assista...

GOP Works To Sway Skeptical Republicans

AP | BY MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republican House leaders are working to line up votes for nearly $4 billion in annual food stamp cuts, but some GOP moderates are q...

Want to Cut Food Stamp Costs? Raise the Minimum Wage

Robert Creamer | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The real dirty secret of food stamps is that the primary beneficiaries are often giant corporations who pay their employees poverty wages, counting on food stamps, Medicaid and other forms of government assistance as indirect subsidies to their wealthy stock holders.

Put Meals Before Political Deals

National Council of La Raza | Posted 11.17.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

It is hard to fathom that SNAP could be taken away from millions of families once you hear their stories. I was recently in California and spoke with numerous parents who told me how important SNAP is for their families.

Arthur Delaney

Food Stamps Kept 4 Million Out Of Poverty In 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Food stamps kept 4 million Americans out of poverty last year, the government announced Tuesday in its annual update on income, poverty ...

Census: SNAP Lifted 4 Million People Out of Poverty in 2012 and Reduced Hardship for Millions More

Sharon Parrott | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Sharon Parrott

SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) lifted 4 million people above the official poverty line in 2012, a...

Eric Cantor Is Misrepresenting the House SNAP Cuts

Bob Greenstein | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Cantor's statement -- "No law-abiding beneficiary who ... is willing to comply with applicable work requirements will lose benefits" -- is deeply deceptive.

The Pesky Poor

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

One of the questions the curious voter from time to time wonders is how a person can distinguish good government handouts from bad government handouts. The answer to that question is not as obvious as it would seem to be to the uninitiated.

Welcome Back Congress, We're Hungry for Your Leadership

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Evidence shows that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is necessary and that it works. It doesn't matter to me whether a child is malnourished in South Sudan or Southeast Washington DC -- it's unacceptable either way.

Arthur Delaney

House To Vote On Food Stamps Cuts Amid Syria Furor

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The debate in Congress over whether the United States should bomb Syria may be diverting attention from the economy at home. While the H...

Mysterious Fliers Threaten To Name People On Food Stamps

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

An unknown person has been leafletting Portland, Ore., neighborhoods with fliers that threaten to publicly name local recipients of food stamps and di...

57,000 Reasons to Support Early Learning

Sally Steenland | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

Like so many political battles these days, the gap between bipartisan support for preschool programs and cutting 57,000 kids from Head Start defies logic and common sense.

50 Years Later: The Call to Let Freedom Ring!

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

It's remarkable. Even with the scores of marches on Washington since 1963, we all still know what we mean when we say the March on Washington.

Transforming Food Deserts and Swamps to Fight Obesity

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Hopefully, as the problem of food deserts and swamps gains greater recognition, communities will implement innovative and creative solutions. The USDA's Healthy Food Financing Initiative should focus on supporting this kind of innovation in communities across the country.

America Needs Jobs, Good Paying Jobs (and Without Them the Need for SNAP Is Not Going Away)

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge

Congress should strengthen and protect vital anti-hunger programs like SNAP instead of making struggling families worry about where they will get their next meal.

GOP Food Stamp Cuts Would Deny Benefits To At Least 4 Million

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican proposal to cut food stamp spending by 5 percent would eliminate benefits for as many as 6 million Americans, according to ...

Meatless Monday: It's Meatless Monday in Montgomery County. Is Your County Next?

Ellen Kanner | Posted 10.19.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Montgomery County, Md. now joins the ranks of D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco in proclaiming each Monday to be Meatless Monday.

Arthur Delaney

Americans Feel Strongly About How Poor People Should Spend Their Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More Americans are annoyed by the idea of food stamp recipients using their benefits to buy expensive food than their using them to buy ...

Arthur Delaney

Republican Governor Vetoes Welfare Drug Test Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Welfare drug tests won't take their place alongside abortion restrictions and voter identification requirements in North Carolina's rece...

Arthur Delaney

Why Millions Of Eligible Americans Don't Sign Up For Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Republicans say too many Americans receive food stamps, and that too many of them obtain benefits fraudulently when they could ju...

Finding Health, Keeping the Money: Needles in the Nation's Haystacks

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Subsidizing better choices in the grocery store is a lot less expensive than stays in the intensive care unit. We don't need to prevent very many cases of diabetes, heart disease or bariatric surgeries to save back the costs of incentives for nutritious foods, 10 times over.

Dems Blast GOP Food Stamp Cuts

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

Congressional Democrats want House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to lay off nutrition assistance for the poor. Earlier this summer Republican lead...

GOP Rep. Sees Physically Fit People Using Food Stamps, Suspects Fraud

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) told a horror story to his constituents during a town hall in Welch, Okla., on Thursday. In a video ...

Musings of a Federally Subsidized Farmer

Dan O'Brien | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact
Dan O'Brien

Even though these subsidies were devised to maintain America's strength by keeping families on the land, I don't like accepting them. I know that everyone is strapped right now and I'm uncomfortable for having a way to "hold things together" when other people have no such safety net.