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A Helping Hand for Those Who Serve

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

It is a good thing that we live in a country where a strong safety net exists to support those who find themselves in need. In a country as bountiful and blessed as the United States, no one should go hungry.

Kate Sheppard

Senators 'Deeply Concerned' Over Farm Bill Provision

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The way government agencies deal with science is under attack thanks to a provision tucked into the sweeping federal farm bill, 13 Dem...

Kate Sheppard

Science Provision Buried In House Farm Bill Could Gum Up Regulatory Work, Critics Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some senators and environmental and public health groups are concerned that a little-noticed provision in the House's version of the far...

House and Senate Farm Bill Versions Less Different Than They Seem

Jason Evans | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Jason Evans

The continuing congressional standoff over the 2013 Farm Bill and Speaker Boehner's insinuation of yet another extension of 2008 legislation suggests ...

Dole Reminds Us How Dems-Reps Can Work Together Against Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
William Lambers

Congress needs to take action against hunger and do so in a bipartisan approach.

House Passes Farm Law Extension

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed an extension of farm law until the end of January as lawmakers try to finish work on a new five-year farm bil...

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.

The Farm Bill: Building Long-term Community and Economic Health

Angel Taveras | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Angel Taveras

To help encourage healthy nutritional habits, we are equipping Providence's elementary schools with garden carts that offer fresh produce, as well as an opportunity for children to make healthy decisions for themselves.

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.

Reid: Senate Will Not Extend Current Farm Law

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate will not extend current farm law if Congress can't agree on a new farm bill before adjo...

Legal Experts Slam Controversial Farm Bill Amendment

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

A group of law professors have written to the House and Senate blasting a controversial amendment to the farm bill currently undergoing negotiations. ...

Why Milk Prices Might Skyrocket

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.05.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — A New Year's deadline that could send the price of milk skyward looms over congressional negotiators as they try to reach agreemen...

Boehner Floats Farm Bill Extension

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says the farm bill should be extended through January while negotiators work out differences on cuts to...

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.

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...

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.

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.

Americans Are Falling Off the Food Cliff -- We Can Stop the Pain

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Steve Gutow

With each cut, our country pushes more Americans down the food cliff. How long until we stop noticing the fall? This Thanksgiving, as many of us sit at our tables for an annual feast, more of our fellow Americans will have less to eat.

Farm Bill Could Overturn States' Progress In Humane Agriculture

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green

A proposed amendment to the $1 trillion federal farm bill is of concern to both states’ rights and humane farming advocates as Congress looks to fin...

Food Aid Crisis as Typhoon Victims Hungry

Ben Barber | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ben Barber

The rush to deliver food to the Philippines for survivors of the massive Typhoon Haiyan has renewed pressure on Congress to end a requirement that most U.S. food aid be bought from U.S. farmers and delivered thousands of miles on costly U.S. ships.

Meet Bernie Pringle: Tribute to a Lifelong Farmer

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
John W. Boyd Jr.

When Bernie Pringle started farming at age 16, the United States was neck-deep in the Great Depression; Jim Crow had black America by the throat and the struggle to survive left little time to imagine the startling changes time would bring.

Jason Linkins

Meet Your Taxpayer-Subsidized Farm Bill Billionaires!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

When most people think about farm subsidies, chances are they do not immediately think "massive taxpayer money boondoggle that should be cut from the ...