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1996 Welfare Law Cut Food Assistance, Too

August 18, 2016

August 22 marks not just the 20th anniversary of the problematic Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, which the 1996 welfare law created.  That law also brought cuts — many of which remain in effect — to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, then called food stamps), which have left monthly benefits...

In Focus: Modest SNAP Benefits Even Smaller Due to 1996 Welfare Law
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WIC and SNAP Feed Kids and Support Learning

June 16, 2015

Research has shown that poverty during early childhood can have lifelong consequences for children’s physical, mental, and economic well-being.  But SNAP (formerly food stamps) and The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (known as WIC) are helping to keep kids fed — and supporting their classroom performance, as I...

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Reaching More Needy Americans

November 26, 2014

We’ve noted this Thanksgiving week that the safety net helps millions of Americans avert hardship and meet basic needs like food and housing.  Unfortunately, many eligible people miss out on needed help.  At a time of year when many...

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Do Medicaid and SNAP Reach Those Who Most Need Them?

September 30, 2014

Millions of low-income people qualify for both Medicaid and SNAP (formerly food stamps), but the federal government doesn’t regularly assess how many of them actually receive both.  That’s a significant omission: Medicaid and SNAP address the most basic needs of our poorest citizens, and health care and nutrition assistance likely produce more powerful results when provided together...

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CLASP: State Experiences Show Safety Net Programs Don’t Need Massive Overhaul to Work Better

July 23, 2014

As House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan prepares to unveil his proposal to address poverty, Olivia Golden of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) today took a closer look at the experiences of six states to debunk common myths about the delivery of safety net programs.

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Simplifying the Child Care Eligibility “Maze”

December 17, 2013

An important way to help low-income working families meet their basic needs and improve their lives is to make sure they receive the work supports for which they qualify, such as health coverage, food assistance, and child care assistance.  A new report from the Urban Institute and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) explains...

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Hardship in America, 2013: SNAP Helps Many Afford an Adequate Diet

November 26, 2013

As many Americans celebrate Thanksgiving by sharing an elaborate meal with friends and family, it’s important to remember that many other Americans lack the resources to meet their basic food needs.  The share of American households that had trouble affording adequate food at some point in the year jumped in 2008 due to the recession and has remained high (see graph). ...

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Setting the Record Straight on SNAP, Part 10: Cantor’s Misleading Defense of the House SNAP Bill

September 19, 2013

House Majority Leader Cantor has responded to some of our criticisms, as well as those of faith leaders, service providers, and policymakers, on the new House Republican proposal to cut nearly 4 million people off SNAP in 2014, which the House will vote on...

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Setting the Record Straight on SNAP, Part 2: The Truth About Unemployed Childless Adults

September 10, 2013

House Republican leaders would have Americans believe that large numbers of young men have chosen to try to live on SNAP benefits alone (which average under $1.40 per person per meal across all SNAP recipients, as the...

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Setting the Record Straight on SNAP, Part 1: Overview

September 9, 2013

With the House expected to vote in coming weeks on a proposal to “mindlessly gut” SNAP (formerly food stamps), as today’s New York Times editorial puts it, proponents are circulating misleading information about both the program and the proposed cuts.  We will be issuing a series of...

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