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  • Podcast: Understanding Food Insecurity in the U.S.
    Featuring: Dottie Rosenbaum
    November 23, 2010

    Senior Policy Analyst Dottie Rosenbaum discusses the findings of the US Department of Agriculture’s report on food insecurity that was released last week.

    Duration: 3:46

  • Using TANF Emergency Funds to Provide Food Assistance to Struggling Families
    Liz Schott
    June 18, 2010

    States can use federal stimulus dollars provided through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Fund to provide emergency food assistance to needy families through food banks, agencies, or other distribution sites, or to supplement USDA’s Summer Food Service Programs. This additional help is critically needed: the …
  • Enrolling All Children in a Household for Free School Meals
    Zoë Neuberger[1] and Tina Fritz Namian[2]
    June 16, 2010

    A new federal policy will make it easier for school districts to enroll certain low-income children for free school meals. Under the revised policy, all children in a household are eligible for free school meals if anyone in the household is receiving assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance …
  • Podcast: New Ingredients Raising Costs for “WIC” Program
    Featuring: Zoë Neuberger
    June 15, 2010

    Zoë Neuberger, Senior Policy Analyst, discusses the federal food and nutrition program for women, infants and children known as WIC, and the increase in the program’s costs because manufacturers are adding expensive but unproven ingredients to formula and other foods that the program provides.

    Duration: 4:09



  • WIC Food Package Should Be Based on Science:
    Zoë Neuberger
    June 4, 2010

    Several foods offered through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) are now sold in higher-priced versions containing “functional ingredients” that manufacturers claim confer health and developmental benefits. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensures that these ingredients …
  • The Food Stamp Dependent Care Deduction
    March 23, 2010

    The Food Stamp Program targets benefits according to need. It does this by limiting eligibility to low-income households and by assessing the ability of individual households to purchase food. Households can deduct certain critical expenses from their income. This results in higher benefits, reflecting the fact that these households have …
  • Podcast: Zoë Neuberger Testimony on the Hunger Free Schools Act
    Featuring: Zoë Neuberger
    March 4, 2010

    Senior Policy Analyst, Zoë Neuberger, discusses the Hunger Free Schools Act before the House of Representative Subcommittee on Agriculture, at a hearing titled “Child Nutrition” on Thursday, March 4, 2010.

    Duration: 6:06

  • Testimony: Zoë Neuberger on the Hunger Free Schools Act
    Zoë Neuberger
    March 4, 2010

    Millions of American school children rely upon the federal nutrition programs as a basic support even during the best of economies, but with unemployment hovering near 10 percent and long-term unemployment at record levels, children need them more than ever to help them grow and thrive. The reauthorization of the child nutrition programs offers an important …
  • Podcast: The Hunger Free Schools Act
    Featuring: Zoë Neuberger
    March 2, 2010

    Legislation that can reduce child hunger in the country is discussed by Senior Policy Analyst for Food Assistance, Zoë Neuberger.

    Duration: 4:33

  • Creating a Safety Net That Works When the Economy Doesn’t: The Role of the Food Stamp and TANF Programs
    LaDonna Pavetti, Ph.D. and Dottie Rosenbaum
    February 25, 2010

    The Food Stamp Program[1] and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program have responded very differently to the unprecedented challenges that the current recession, with its high levels of unemployment and rapidly changing economic circumstances, has posed to the nation’s safety net. The Food Stamp Program, a federal …
  • Who Benefits From Federal Subsidies for Free and Reduced Price School Meals?
    By Zoë Neuberger and Tina Fritz Namian [1]
    January 29, 2010

    In anticipation of Congressional reauthorization of the federal child nutrition programs, some have called for increased federal reimbursement rates for school meals to improve their nutritional quality. [2] Under current rules, however, federal payments for free and reduced price meals are not used solely to underwrite the cost of producing …
  • Podcast: Food Insecurity
    Featuring: Stacy Dean
    January 19, 2010

    How food insecurity affects families is discussed by Stacy Dean, the Center’s Director of Food Assistance Policy. Duration: 3:49

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