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Building Strong Children Today for a Strong Nation Tomorrow

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The official journal of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) recently devoted an entire supplement to a pressing policy crisis affecting pediatricians, public health workers, teachers and all of us and the nation's future: child poverty in America.

Diapers or Food? A Choice No Parent Should Have to Make

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

Working families in America often make impossible choices between food, clothing, and housing. When families struggle to afford basic necessities, they often sacrifice the things most of us take for granted.

More Than 500,000 Adults Expected To Lose SNAP Benefits In 2016

Ed Bolen | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Ed Bolen

More than half a million of the poorest Americans will lose a critical tool to help keep food on the table this year. That's because a three-month limit on SNAP (food stamps) for jobless adults aged 18-49 who aren't disabled or raising minor children is returning in 23 states for the first time since the Great Recession.

SNAP Benefits Do Much But Are Often Too Small

Brynne Keith-Jennings | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics
Brynne Keith-Jennings

Two new publications synthesize the growing body of high-quality research findings on SNAP's positive impacts on health and well-being, and they provide important new insight on an issue that's received relatively little attention.

Obesity and Food Insecurity: A Public Health Paradox

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 10.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Updating SNAP with new tools, innovations and resources requires the input of a broad range of public health, private sector, and governmental stakeholders. SNAP provides an important safety net for low-income families.

Government Shutdown Would Shut Down Food Stamps

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the U.S. government's largest safety net programs won't be there to catch people if the federal government shuts down next mont...

Arthur Delaney

Scott Walker Doesn't Care If Food Stamp Drug Testing Is Reasonable

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

The Wisconsin legislature sent Gov. Scott Walker (R) a budget bill under which some food stamp applicants would be drug-tested if there's "reasonable ...

Arthur Delaney

Who Cut My Food Stamps?

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

Nobody could tell Audrey Webster of Clinton Township, Michigan, why her monthly food stamps went down from more than $100 to just $16 in February. The...

Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan Upgrades War On Poverty From Failure To Stalemate

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), one of the Republican Party's top safety net experts, changed his tune slightly this week about the War on Pove...

Arthur Delaney

GOP Congress Won't Slash Food Stamps This Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress passed budget blueprints earlier this year that would dramatically cut spending on a variety of domestic program...

Arthur Delaney

'I'm Eating Once A Day'

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics

Judy Beals of Belleville, Wisconsin, was getting ready to pay for her groceries at the store earlier this year when she found out that her monthly foo...

Charity Is Not a Substitute for Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In many corners we hear the same old exhortation that the way to fix poverty and anything else that ails Americans is for us to become a nation of Good Samaritans. But has giving a beggar a coin ever been as effective as creating an economy that provides him or her a good education and a job?

Arthur Delaney

How Long Do People Stay On Public Benefits?

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most poor people who avail themselves of a U.S. government safety net program are off benefits within three years, according to a govern...

Arthur Delaney

GOP's Big Government Welfare Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican party generally favors individual liberty, but a predilection for big government looms large if individuals happen to be ...

Arthur Delaney

GOP Bill Would Treat Food Stamp Recipients Like Pregnant Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A faction of Republicans in the House of Representatives wants to stop poor people from buying junk food with food stamps. Under pro...

Arthur Delaney

Paul LePage Wants To Kick Ex-Cons Off Food Stamps, Drug Test Everybody

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) wants to kick poor people off food stamps and welfare if they have drug-related felony convictions and also to expand a rec...

Arthur Delaney

Think People On Food Stamps Are Eating More Lobster Than You? Think Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics

Lorca Henley of Bowling Green, Ohio, said her family's dinners on different nights this week included taco salads, tuna casserole with mashed potatoes...

Arthur Delaney

Wisconsin GOP Advances Bills Controlling How People On Welfare Eat And Pee

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

Legislation approved by the Wisconsin State Assembly on Wednesday would require drug screening for poor people in the state who want public benefits a...

Arthur Delaney

Food Stamp Enrollment Falls

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Food stamp enrollment has dipped beneath 46 million for the first time since 2011, according to the latest numbers from the federal gove...

Arthur Delaney

Wisconsin GOP Pushes Food Stamp Shellfish Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

Wisconsin Republicans are pushing legislation to restrict what poor people can buy with food stamps. On Wednesday, a public benefits committee of ...

Arthur Delaney

Food Stamp Recipients More Likely To Be Obese, Study Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Food stamp recipients are more likely to be obese than the general population, according to new research from the federal government. ...

Arthur Delaney

Maryland Republican Suggests Taking Food Stamps From Rioters' Parents

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

A Republican lawmaker in the Maryland General Assembly said it might be a good idea to take food stamps away from parents if their kids are involved i...

Arthur Delaney

Maine Governor Wants To Ban Buying Junk Food With Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) doesn't want poor people to buy junk food with food stamps, and his administration has endorsed an effort to stop it. A...

Arthur Delaney

Burial Plots No Longer A Barrier To Food Stamps In Pennsylvania

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

Pennsylvanians applying for nutrition assistance will no longer have to tell the government whether they own burial plots, thanks to a move by Gov. To...

Thank God for Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a nation where millions of working families still can't earn enough to pay rent, pay the bills, and put food on the table at the same time -- and where in fiscal year 2013 there were 4.9 million households with no income but SNAP, including 1.3 million households with children -- relying on the charity of PB and J Day is not a substitute for justice.