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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Food Stamp Enrollment Declines!

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After rising steadily every year since the start of the Great Recession in 2007, food stamp enrollment may have finally peaked and begun...

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.

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.

Isaiah and the Politics of Utopian Thinking (Isaiah 11:1-10)

Brennan Breed | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Brennan Breed

Earlier this month -- just in time for the holidays -- an automatic cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) decreased food aid to 47 million Americans who struggle to afford food on a daily basis.

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.

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.

Arthur Delaney

Plan To Keep Ex-Cons Off Food Stamps Wouldn't Save Much

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Sen. David Vitter introduced legislation banning convicted rapists, murderers and pedophiles from receiving food stamps, the Louisi...

Arthur Delaney

Republican Voters Approve Of Food Stamp Cut

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican voters strongly approve of a recent cut to food stamps that reduced benefits for all 47 million Americans enrolled in the Sup...

Real-Life Hunger Is No Game

Michael Winship | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

Here in the real world, Washington is playing a Hunger Game of its own and the results are devastating. Yes, winter is coming, the holidays are on their way, and on November 1, the United States government cut food stamp benefits by 13.6 percent.

Arthur Delaney

Do Food Stamps Make Poor People Fat?

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Food stamps contribute significantly to an obesity problem in south Texas, according to a recent story in the Washington Post. The ...

Arthur Delaney

Food Stamp Cut Reverberates Across Country

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- National media and federal policymakers haven't paid much attention, but a $5 billion reduction to the food stamp program that took effe...

Arthur Delaney

Democrats Protest $5 Billion Food Stamp Cut They Voted For

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of nine Democratic members of the House of Representatives held a press conference outside the Capitol on Tuesday to demand Cong...

Don't Cut Food Stamps, Dem Senators Urge Negotiators

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

Congressional negotiators should reject food stamp cuts, a coalition of liberal senators urged Monday. Republicans and Democrats from the House an...

Arthur Delaney

Automatic Food Stamp Decrease Set For November :(

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Next month food stamp benefits will automatically shrink for all 47 million Americans enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ...

Stop the Shutdown, Prevent Economic Meltdown

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Extremist Republicans continue to hold funding for the federal government hostage for the second week in a row, opposing a clean extension of government funding without conditions. Their actions are harming the economy and countless real children and families across the country.

Anxiety As Stimulus Hike To Food Stamps Set To End

AP | RIK STEVENS | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

CONCORD, N.H. -- CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A temporary increase in food stamps expires Oct. 31, meaning for millions of Americans, the benefits that help...

Laura Bassett

National WIC Association Slams GOP Effort To Fund WIC

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics

The National WIC Association, the advocacy arm of a nutritional food program for poor women, infants and children, strongly denounced a Republican-spo...

Arthur Delaney

Government Shutdown Is Bad News For Women, Infants

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An increasingly likely government shutdown won't affect most of the federal government's safety net, like retirement and health insuranc...

Arthur Delaney

GOP Rep Says His Constituents Could Dodge Food Stamp Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After the House of Representatives voted to cut food stamp funding by 5 percent last week, Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) trumpeted the legisl...

Food Stamps: Republicans' Erroneous, SNAP Judgment

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Dale Hansen

This obsession over punishing the poor for being poor may play well with the base but turning our backs on millions of Americans in their time of need not only hurts the economy but it makes these Republican politicians look like unpatriotic, elitist bullies.

Food Stamp Cuts Move Ahead In States

Pew's Stateline | Jake Grovum | Posted 09.24.2013 | 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...

Arthur Delaney

Food Stamp Surfer Responds To The Haters

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jason Greenslate is America's most famous food stamp recipient. Fox News profiled the 28-year-old San Diego resident in two August s...

Arthur Delaney

House Votes To Cut Food Stamps By $40 Billion

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Thursday approved sweeping reforms to the nation's food stamp program that would cut some $40 billion in...

Arthur Delaney

Republican Food Stamp Bill Would Target More Than Just Surfer Dudes

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lazy surfer dudes wouldn't be able to keep their food stamps under a Republican bill the House of Representatives will consider Thursday...

Put Meals Before Political Deals

National Council of La Raza | Posted 11.17.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

It is hard to fathom that SNAP could be taken away from millions of families once you hear their stories. I was recently in California and spoke with numerous parents who told me how important SNAP is for their families.