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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 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Arthur Delaney

Gwyneth Paltrow's Food Stamp Experience Versus Reality

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Arthur Delaney

Planned Food Stamp Cuts To Affect Some Vets

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 03.10.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Arthur Delaney

Obama Administration Trying New Ways To Fight Child Hunger

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Arthur Delaney

Who Gets Food Stamps? White People, Mostly

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Arthur Delaney

Republicans Want To Require Photo ID For Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even though the previous Congress spent two years fighting over comprehensive food stamp legislation, some Republicans in the current Co...

Push for Progress: Children Cannot Wait

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

So many children have lost ground as the trumped-up fear of excessive debt children did not cause has been used by some in Congress to cut safety net programs we know work.

Maine Moves Forward With Welfare Drug Testing

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) is moving forward with a plan to make some welfare recipients take drug tests if they want cash benefits, The...

Arthur Delaney

1 Million Expected To Be Kicked Off Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Food stamp enrollment is expected to fall by 1 million next year thanks to harsher rules, according to a new report by a liberal Washing...

Rules Suspended During Recession Making A Comeback, Jeopardizing Benefits For Many

Stateline | Jake Grovum | Posted 09.16.2014 | 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...

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...

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...

Arthur Delaney

Just How Much Does Paul Ryan Want The Government To Plan Poor People's Lives?

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last week, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the government could better fight poverty if poor people worked with ...