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Podcast: Understanding Food Insecurity in the U.S.
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.
Using TANF Emergency Funds to Provide Food Assistance to Struggling Families
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
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
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.
WIC Food Package Should Be Based on Science:
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
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.
Testimony: Zoë Neuberger on the Hunger Free Schools Act
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
March 2, 2010
Legislation that can reduce child hunger in the country is discussed by Senior Policy Analyst for Food Assistance, Zoë Neuberger.
Creating a Safety Net That Works When the Economy Doesn’t: The Role of the Food Stamp and TANF Programs
February 25, 2010
The Food Stamp Program 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?
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.  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
January 19, 2010
How food insecurity affects families is discussed by Stacy Dean, the Center’s Director of Food Assistance Policy. Duration: 3:49