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States Undo Food Stamp Felon Bans

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two states are taking small steps away from a little-known aspect of the war on drugs. The California Legislature has just passed a...

An Agenda for Fighting Hunger in Our Communities Year-Round

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Rep. Gwen Moore

Hunger is a daily reality for millions of Americans, and has negative consequences for individuals of all ages. However, it is especially harmful for the development and well-being of children. Inadequate nutrition can permanently alter a child's development.

No Drug Tests For Food Stamp Recipients, Feds Tell Georgia

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government has put the state of Georgia on formal notice that it can't make poor people take drug tests when they apply for ...

Sex Abuse Survivors Not Sure They Want To Meet With Pope Francis

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis’ announcement this week that he would meet with victims of sexual abuse by priests is dividing victim advocates, with some dismis...

Are These The Bishops Under Investigation For Sex Abuse?

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has warned he has “zero tolerance” for child sex abuse in the Catholic Church and revealed that three bishops are ...

If You Can't Afford Tampons, What Do You Do?

Sue Kerr | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Sue Kerr

The stigma of menstruation compounded by the stigma of poverty shouldn't leave our neighbors without the items they need for their basic health and welfare.

What I Realized When I Finally Decided To Sign Up For Food Stamps

Dennis Powers | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
Dennis Powers

These were not the dregs of society looking for a handout. These were working people, just like me, who just needed some help. This was a shocking reminder of what has become of the middle class.

The Budget Is Not Fair, Mr. Chair

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The way to end poverty is not to cut the very programs that are making the difference. What kind of leaders believe we can afford massive tax breaks for the richest one percent but cannot afford to meet the survival needs of all our poor children?

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...

Biblical Funding for National Projects: Private Charity v. Tax-and-Spend

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

This unfair, freeloader-encouraging formula is exactly what it means to leave society's beneficial, essential projects to charity. The only hope for a fair formula is to require contributions. That is why the Torah funds the safety net for the needy by required contributions.

Dinner for Four on $10 a Day

Jeannie Boutelle | Posted 06.28.2014 | Chicago
Jeannie Boutelle

For a busy family, cooking a healthy dinner is not easy, it requires knowledge, skills and commitment to good food. In some ways, it is not a surprise that McDonalds becomes an option for some families.

The Seed Experiment

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The case for providing the basics for all children in America is hard to refute. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.2 million children were lifted out of poverty by SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, in 2012. Yet right now we are fast approaching a critical time for hungry children: summer vacation.

Feed Our Student-Athletes (and Their Classmates, Too)

Joel Berg | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Joel Berg

Thanks to the NCAA, celebrity student athletes will likely no longer go hungry, but countless other low-income college students will continue to face hunger or food insecurity.

Your Tax Dollars Helped To Slash The Poverty Rate In Half. Plus Other Ways You're Helping

Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact

Maybe Uncle Sam didn't cut you a break on Tax Day, but we're here to offer you some perspective. Instead of expressing your financial frustrations, re...

Most Powerful Man in the World Grew Up on Food Stamps

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

I was at a dinner with Barack Obama through a series of flukes and didn't speak with him long. But I wanted to know what the president thought about child poverty. He reminded me that his mother used Food Stamps when he was young. This has been written about before, but hearing him say it struck me.

Severe Obesity? Let 'Em Eat Kale!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We need to reorient our cultural attitude about obesity so it is not an excuse to argue the respective merits of personal responsibility and public policy. Rather, if we are to fix it at its origins, we need to acknowledge that people who are empowered are most capable, and most inclined, to exercise responsibility.

Give Congress a Pay Raise? As If!

Jamison Doran | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Jamison Doran

Shut down the government? They still collect their paychecks. Waste time voting on a Supreme Court upheld law? Doesn't matter, they can waste all the time they want and still get paid. If only the rest of us had such cushy jobs that rewarded us for not doing a damn thing.

10 Things You Can't Buy With Food Stamps

Sue Kerr | Posted 06.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Instead of discussing the horror of someone buying soda pop or a steak with SNAP (food stamps), it would be great to turn the conversation to the things that can't be purchased and think for a minute how we could find a workaround.

Ryan Budget Gets 69 Percent of Its Cuts From Low-Income Programs

Richard Kogan | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Richard Kogan

These disproportionate cuts -- which likely account for at least $3.3 trillion of the budget's $4.8 trillion in non-defense cuts over the next decade -- contrast sharply with the budget's rhetoric about helping the poor and promoting opportunity.

To the Woman Behind Me in Line at the Grocery Store

Andrea Gardner | Posted 06.03.2014 | Good News
Andrea Gardner

You don't know me. You have no clue that my family has gone through the wringer. You have no clue that we have faced unbelievable hardship. You know none of this but you didn't let that stop you from being compassionate and generous to someone you have never met.

Chairman Ryan's Budget: 'More Poverty, Less Opportunity'

Bob Greenstein | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Budgets are about priorities. Despite Chairman Ryan's rhetoric on fighting poverty and boosting opportunity, no fair-minded observer can claim that his proposals actually reflect those priorities -- or sugarcoat their harsh impact on tens of millions of low- and moderate-income Americans.

Preview of New Ryan Budget: As Extreme as Last Year's, If Not More So

Joel Friedman | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Joel Friedman

Basic budget arithmetic suggests that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's coming budget will be at least as extreme as his budget last year, and likely more so.

Ryan Report Largely Ignores Anti-Poverty Programs' Long-Term Successes

Arloc Sherman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Arloc Sherman

The Ryan report grimly concludes that federal programs are "failing to address" poverty. Poverty certainly remains too high. But the report seems determined not to recognize the long-term successes of existing programs even when the evidence is in plain sight.

WATCH: Fox News' 'Preferential Option for the Rich'

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Fox voiceovers loom: "Food stamp abusers, eating on taxpayers." Then another, "America's poor are actually living the good life" -- quite a despicable comment revealing the perspective of those who have never lived with, worked with, or even been around poor people in America.

How to Cut Poverty and Save Taxpayers $4.6 Billion a Year

Sally Steenland | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Sally Steenland

A single number can change the public debate on an issue that seems stalled. The number is $4.6 billion, and it represents how much money taxpayers will save annually if the federal minimum wage is raised to $10.10 per hour.