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Time for Bad Businesses to Pony Up: Cheat Your Workers and Our Communities? Pay a Fee.

Sarita Gupta | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Sarita Gupta

Over half of the Fortune 500 companies in this country made a profit every year between 2008 and 2012. Yet together, those companies dodged a combined $73.1 billion in state income taxes.

This Onion Article Perfectly Illustrates Why No One Should Judge A Person On Food Stamps

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact

The thought of poor folks on food assistance buying brand name goods -- like Frosted Flakes, for example -- makes Carol Gaither's blood boil. "Ther...

Numbers of Poor Seniors Would Increase Under Ryan Budget

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

The Ryan path devastates programs that now help millions of seniors stay out of poverty. It would tip the balance in the wrong direction for too many of our elders who struggle daily to make ends meet.

Walmart Supports Raising Public Food Benefits -- For Its Own Profit

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Does Walmart really care more about the fate of about hungry children than does Congress? Um, not really. Walmart has instead acknowledged publicly that federal cuts to food stamps are a threat to its bottom line.

Paul Ryan and the Politics That Turn Stomachs

Laura Reyes | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

Paul Ryan's politics dictate that those who are down on their luck -- even children -- are soulless, not the Wall Street bankers who continue to crush the American middle class, necessitating such assistance in the first place.

The 2014 Farm Bill: A Reflection After 40 Years of Advocacy

Bill Ayres | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Bill Ayres

Having worked to end hunger and poverty for the last 40 years, I know that the passage of a new farm bill is a time of great change -- sometimes for the better; usually, in the recent era, for the worse.

15 Women Document What It's Like To Be Hungry In Powerful Photo Project

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact

In 2012, Robin Dickinson's life took a terrible turn. She went from being a happily married mom and physician, to having two strokes in quick succ...

Program That Gives Assistance To Women, Infants And Children Gets Revamped

Reuters | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Some 9 million poor women and young children who receive federal food assistance under the U.S. government's so-calle...

Dick Cheney: Obama Would Rather Spend Money On Food Stamps Than A Strong Military

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

Former Vice President Dick Cheney (R) took a hit at President Barack Obama on Monday, saying he favors food stamps over a strong military. During a...

Healthy Food and Healthy Hearts

Francesca Vietor | Posted 04.19.2014 | Food
Francesca Vietor

It's hard to compete with love and chocolate on Valentine's Day. The health benefits of both a loving partner and dark chocolate are well-documented. But this Valentine's Day, hearts across the country, and especially in our food deserts, will get an extra boost in the form of President Obama's recently signed Farm Bill.

Why We Must Restore the SNAP Cuts

Letitia James | Posted 04.20.2014 | New York
Letitia James

It is good policy to help those who are poor, struggling and hungry. Yet, the new Farm Bill that was recently passed in Washington is among the most short-sighted and regressive pieces of legislation we have seen in a long time.

Ethics Aside, SNAP Is Good for the Economy

Madeline Ruoff | Posted 04.15.2014 | Teen
Madeline Ruoff

In reducing SNAP, we're targeting those who truly cannot afford it. A several dollar cut in a well-off person's food budget each month is nothing -- for the truly needy, it can be devastating.

America's Struggling Families Need a Farm Bill

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

Earlier this week I was accompanied by Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton and Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Anne Alonzo as we visite...

Want to Win the War on Poverty? For the Sake of the Most Vulnerable, Let's Work Together

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Both liberals and conservatives could and should support all three crucial ingredients to overcoming poverty with opportunity: work, education, and family. Let's redeem this historic moment of declaring war on poverty by finally doing what it will take to win it -- together.

Study: Cutting Food Stamps Would Cost, Not Save

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

Proposed slashes to monthly food stamp programs could cost more than they save, suggests a University of California, San Francisco study linking limit...

Flunking Food and Hunger in Congress

Alex Formuzis | Posted 03.04.2014 | Green
Alex Formuzis

The votes they cast and bills they pass have a profound bearing on the lives of millions of people, including the one-sixth of the population who regularly find themselves hungry. Here are the Zeros of the first session of the 113th Congress.

The Real War on Christmas: The War on the Poor

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

I know firsthand how important this type of assistance can be to families on the edge. In the 1970s, when I was a student trying to raise two boys as a single mother, I was on public assistance. I know I would not be where I am today as a member of Congress if it were not for the generosity that the American people.

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.

The Republican War on Hungry Women: The Newly Invisible and Undeserving Poor

Ruth Rosen | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Ruth Rosen

The U.S. Congress is debating just how drastically it should cut food assistance to the 47 million Americans who suffer from "food insecurity," the popular euphemism for those who go hungry. In all this discussion, the real face of poverty -- single mothers -- has strangely disappeared.

What We Left Behind in 2013

Michael Keegan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Yes, things are getting better. But that's not saying much. Republicans have lowered the standards of Congress so much that the completion of a basic task like passing a budget or confirming a non-controversial judge is now cause for celebration. Americans shouldn't accept the low standards of this new normal. It's like the relief of having a tooth pulled. The ache that's been with you for so long is gone, the sharp pain of having it pulled is over. But there's something missing. As we look forward to the year ahead, let's remember the tasks we left behind in the rancorous, bitter 2013. Barely functioning is not enough. We have a lot of work to do. Here's to higher standards in 2014!

From The Ivory Tower Kitchen: Do You Know Where Your Next Meal Comes From?

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 02.18.2014 | Food
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

What is it going to take to change this murky landscape sooner rather than later? The irony is when there is an outbreak of a food-borne illness from consuming something bought at a grocery store, within a day or two, the government agencies are able to pinpoint the culprit source.

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 ...

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.