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Arthur Delaney

GOP Bill Would Treat Food Stamp Recipients Like Pregnant Women | 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...

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

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

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

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Food Stamp Enrollment Falls | 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 | 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 ...

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Food Stamp Recipients More Likely To Be Obese, Study Finds | 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. ...

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Maryland Republican Suggests Taking Food Stamps From Rioters' Parents | 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...

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Maine Governor Wants To Ban Buying Junk Food With Food Stamps | 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...

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Burial Plots No Longer A Barrier To Food Stamps In Pennsylvania | 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 04.17.2015 | 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.

Arthur Delaney

The GOP Has A Split Personality When It Comes To Food Stamps | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In March, congressional Republicans unveiled a budget that could kick 11 million Americans off food stamps in future years. On Wedne...

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Gwyneth Paltrow's Food Stamp Experience Versus Reality | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is the latest celebrity to dramatize the difficulty of life on food stamps by limiting her food budget for a wee...

Understanding the Science Behind Childhood Obesity

Linda P. Fried | Posted 04.13.2015 | Science
Linda P. Fried

Brand-new research reveals that whether a child is normal weight, overweight, or obese at age 5 is hugely indicative of weight at age 50. If a child is obese at age 9, the correlation is even greater; at age 15, it's still worse. This extraordinary finding means that trajectories of weight gain starting at age 5 can be linked through ages 9 and 15 all the way to middle age.

Arthur Delaney

Missouri Food Stamps Good For Steak And Lobster For The Foreseeable Future | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

Missouri state Rep. Rick Brattin (R) introduced HB 813 in February with zero co-sponsors. The bill has not been referred to a committee, no hearing ha...

Let's Give Child Hunger a Summer Vacation

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Many children eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and the carefree days of summer, playing outside in the warm sun, splashing and swimming in pools and at beaches, and gathering with family and friends for backyard barbeques. But for more than 17 million children the end of school can be the end of certainty about where and when their next meal will come.

GOP Budget Could Kick 11 Million Off Food Stamps

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

Congressional Republicans proposed a budget this week that could kick 11 million people off food stamps, according to an outside analysis released Fri...

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Planned Food Stamp Cuts To Affect Some Vets | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Roughly 60,000 veterans will be cut from food stamps next year absent policy changes at the federal level, a liberal think tank warned T...

Senior Malnutrition: A National Nutrition Crisis

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

A lot of appropriate attention is focused on hunger and food insecurity as well as obesity. However, malnutrition, also known as undernutrition, is a bigger threat because of the deeper health consequences it creates.

Arthur Delaney

How Republicans Could Cut Food Stamps This Year | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's new point man on food stamps, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), insists that he doesn't want to cut nutrition assistan...

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Obama Administration Trying New Ways To Fight Child Hunger | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Can bigger food stamp benefits alleviate child hunger in rural Kentucky? U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that th...

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Who Gets Food Stamps? White People, Mostly | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gene Alday, a Republican member of the Mississippi state legislature, apologized last week for telling a reporter that all the African-A...

Child Poverty Would Be Almost Twice As High If Safety Net Programs Didn't Exist: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact

Child poverty in the U.S. would be significantly worse if government assistance programs weren't in place, a new report suggests. A study released...

Congressman Urges Constituents To Spy On Food Stamp Users: Report

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's not unusual for a Republican lawmaker to relate stories of poor people using food stamps to buy questionable items. It's less commo...

Let's Stop Debating If Poor Pregnant Women Should Eat Potatoes And Teach Them Proper Nutrition Instead

Slate | L.V. Anderson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact

A new study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and executed by the nonprofit research group Institute of Medicine, attempts to answer...