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  • President's Vetoes Could Cause Half a Million Low-Income Pregnant Women, Infants, and Children to be Denied Nutritional Benefits in One of Nation’s Most Effective Programs
    Robert Greenstein and Zoë Neuberger
    Revised December 10, 2007

    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides nutritious foods, counseling on healthy eating, and health care referrals to low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children under age five who are at nutritional risk.  Unlike other key low-income nutrition programs, such as food stamps or school meals, there …
  • 2007 Farm Bill: Description of the House Agriculture Committee Nutrition Provisions
    Dottie Rosenbaum
    November 20, 2007

    A straight extension of the farm bill with no policy changes, as some in Congress are reportedly advocating if the Senate cannot reach an agreement on floor debate, would lock in food stamp benefit cuts that affect more than 10 million food stamp recipients — including many low-income working families, seniors, and people with disabilities.  These …
  • 2007 Farm Bill: Description of the House Agriculture Committee Nutrition Provisions
    Dottie Rosenbaum
    Revised November 2, 2007

    On July 27, 2007, the House of Representatives passed its 2007 Farm Bill: H.R. 2419, The Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007. The nutrition provisions include about $4 billion over five years in improvements for the Food Stamp Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), as well as numerous program oversight, …
  • Summary Analysis of the Senate Agriculture Committee Nutrition Title
    Stacy Dean and Dottie Rosenbaum
    Revised November 2, 2007

    On October 25, 2007, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee passed by voice vote its farm bill proposal, “The Food and Energy Security Act of 2007.” Including improvements expected to be added to the bill by a manager’s amendment after the bill passed out of Committee, the nutrition provisions of the bill include about $4.2 …
  • Food Stamp Benefits Steadily Eroding in Value
    June 22, 2007

    Food stamp benefits average only about $1 per person per meal, and as a result of benefit cuts enacted in the 1996 welfare law, the purchasing power of most households’ food stamp benefits is eroding in value each year. In 2008, a typical working parent with two children will receive …
  • The Food Stamp Program’s Critical Role in Helping Children
    April 26, 2007

    The Food Stamp Program is the Nation’s Biggest Child Nutrition Program The Food Stamp Program provides families with 13 million children with resources to purchase an adequate diet.  This represents almost one in five children in the United States.  Half of all food stamp recipients are children (and another 27 percent are adults who live with those children). Almost 80 percent of …
  • Facts About African Americans in the Food Stamp Program
    April 19, 2007

      African Americans Benefit Disproportionately from the Food Stamp Program One in three food stamp households is headed by an African American.  More than a third of food stamp benefits — over $10 billion per year — are issued to African-Americans.  (According to Census data, African Americans make up about 12 percent of the …
  • Facts About Latinos in the Food Stamp Program
    April 19, 2007

      Latinos Benefit Disproportionately from the Food Stamp Program One in five food stamp households is headed by a Latino.  A fifth of food stamp benefits — nearly $6 billion per year — are issued to Latino households.  (According to Census data, Latinos make up about 15 percent of the U.S. population.) More than 5 million …
  • Administration Proposal Would Cut Over 300,000 People Off Food Stamps
    Stacy Dean and Dottie Rosenbaum
    Revised March 13, 2007

    The President’s budget includes a provision that would cut the Food Stamp Program by $740 million over the next five years (and by $1.65 billion over ten years) by taking more than 300,000 low-income people off the program in an average month.[1]  The Administration would achieve these savings by stripping states of flexibility provided in …
  • Congress Has Not Favored the Food Stamp Program Over Farm Programs
    March 12, 2007

    Because expenditures for farm programs have declined in recent years while food stamp expenditures have grown, some advocates of farm programs have argued that Congress has treated the Food Stamp Program more favorably than farm programs — and that farm programs therefore deserve more …
  • Do Budget Data Show That the Food Stamp Program Has Been Treated More Favorably Than Farm Programs in Recent Years?
    Robert Greenstein and Dottie Rosenbaum
    March 12, 2007

    Since enactment of the 2002 farm bill, expenditures for farm programs have declined while food stamp expenditures have grown.  Some farm-program advocates have cited these figures as evidence that the Food Stamp Program has been treated more favorably than farm programs and that farm programs therefore are the ones that deserve more favorable treatment …
  • Families’ Food Stamp Benefits Purchase Less Food Each Year
    Dottie Rosenbaum
    Revised March 9, 2007

    Food stamp benefits average only about one dollar per person per meal (to be precise, the figure is $1.05 in 2007).  In addition, as a result of benefit cuts enacted as part of the 1996 welfare law, the purchasing power of most households’ food stamp benefits is eroding in value each year. In 2008, food stamp benefits for a typical working parent …
  • Video: Making America Stronger: U.S. Food Stamp Program
    March 8, 2007

    NOTE:  This video contains some graphic images of the effects of malnutrition and hunger on children. Making America Stronger commemorates the 30th anniversary of the of the reforms achieved by the Food Stamp Act of 1977 by telling the story of how food stamps dramatically reduced the …
  • President’s Budget Would Cut Food for 440,000 Low-Income Seniors
    Dottie Rosenbaum
    Revised February 8, 2007

    President Bush’s fiscal year 2008 budget would eliminate funding for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), terminating food assistance to 440,000 low-income seniors in an average month. CSFP provides monthly nutritious food packages primarily to low-income seniors aged 60 and older in parts of 32 states, the District of Columbia, and two Indian …
  • Testimony of Robert Greenstein, Executive Director, Before the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    Revised February 8, 2007

    Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to testify today.  I am Robert Greenstein, executive director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  The Center is a nonprofit institution here in Washington, D.C. that conducts research and analysis both on fiscal policy matters and on an array of policy issues affecting low- and moderate-income …
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