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Court Decision Against Trump Rule Preserves SNAP for 700,000 Jobless

October 20, 2020

Sunday’s federal court decision striking down a Trump Administration rule that would have eliminated SNAP (food stamps) for 700,000 low-income jobless workers means that the punitive, ill-...

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USDA Rolling Back SNAP Flexibility That States Need in Current Crisis

August 10, 2020

The Agriculture Department (USDA) is restricting key flexibility in SNAP (food stamps) that the President and Congress gave states in the Families First Act of March to help them manage an applications influx due to COVID-19 and the recession — saying states must return to “normal operations,” even though current circumstances are anything but normal.

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Fighting Hunger at the Store: Retailers’ Important Role in SNAP

June 5, 2020

SNAP (food stamps), the nation’s primary anti-hunger program, boosts low-income households’ food purchasing power, with SNAP participants using their benefits to buy food at 248,000 stores throughout the country. Our retailer resource page highlights the important role of retailers in every state and congressional district....

SNAP Participants Redeem 80% of Their Benefits at Larger Stores

Unemployed Workers Can Get SNAP During Health Emergency

April 2, 2020

There’s confusion about whether unemployed workers not raising minor children in their home can get SNAP, given Trump Administration efforts to tighten a rule limiting them to three months of benefits and a new law temporarily suspending that rule due to the coronavirus emergency. Fortunately, the temporary suspension means they can get SNAP throughout the current health emergency....

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Court Hearing Suit to Block Trump Rule Ending Food Assistance for Nearly 700,000

March 4, 2020

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will hear arguments tomorrow on a lawsuit to stop a new Trump Administration rule that would eliminate food assistance for nearly 700,000 low-income adults, according to the Administration’s own estimate.

Under current...

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Lawsuits Seek to Block Trump Rule Ending Food Assistance for Nearly 700,000

January 17, 2020

Fifteen states plus New York City have filed a lawsuit to block a new Trump Administration rule that would eliminate food assistance for nearly 700,000 low-income adults, according to the...

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Maine Stories Show Harm From SNAP’s Three-Month Limit

July 12, 2019

Our new video series featuring low-wage workers in Maine affected by the three-month limit on SNAP (food stamp) benefits shows why losing SNAP can make it harder to get a job and rise out of poverty.

In most states, adults ages 18-50 who aren’t disabled and don’t have a minor child in their household...

SNAP & The 3-Month Limit: Lessons Learned from Maine: Thomas Ptacek

Behavioral Science Study: SNAP’s Three-Month Time Limit Flawed by Design

April 8, 2019

SNAP’s harsh three-month limit on food assistance, which the Administration wants to make even harsher, reflects the idea that taking food away from jobless adults will lead them to work or earn more. But repeated studies, including a new report from the nonprofit consulting firm ideas42,...

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Trump’s Expected SNAP Change Would Target Jobless Workers

December 19, 2018

The Trump Administration is reportedly poised to propose a rule restricting states’ ability to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to childless adults living in high-unemployment areas who are struggling to find a steady job. Hundreds of thousands of...

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Fighting Hunger at the Store: Retailers’ Important Role in SNAP

August 17, 2017

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s primary anti-hunger program, boosts low-income households’ food purchasing power.  SNAP participants buy the food they need, using SNAP benefits, at 260,000 stores throughout the country.  Our new retailer resource page highlights the important role that retailers play...

Over 80% of SNAP Benefits Are Used at Larger Stores

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