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Food Pantries Expect Longer Lines as SNAP Limit Kicks in

April 14, 2015

“Around the country, food pantry directors are girding for an influx of hungry adults” as a three-month limit on SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits for unemployed, childless adults returns in many areas, the New York Times reports...

Learning What Works: SNAP’s New Employment and Training Demos

March 20, 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez today announced ten pilot projects — the result of a bipartisan agreement in the 2013 Farm Bill — that will test innovative approaches to encouraging and supporting employment among SNAP participants.  While modest in scope, the pilots show that Congress can collaborate around important issues like finding better ways to expand...

60,000 Jobless Veterans May Lose Food Assistance Due to Time Limit

March 10, 2015

An estimated 60,000 veterans may lose SNAP (food stamp) benefits over the course of 2016 as a three-month limit on benefits for unemployed, nondisabled adults without children returns in many areas.  The House and Senate Budget Committees can help protect these veterans — and the rest of the estimated 1 million people facing...

Maine’s SNAP Cutoff Foreshadows Tough Times for Poor Jobless Workers

February 4, 2015

Maine cut several thousand people off SNAP (food stamps) this month after re-imposing a time limit on benefits for childless adults who aren’t working at least 20 hours per week — regardless of how hard they’re looking for a job.  The move foreshadows tough times for very poor unemployed workers across the...

Who Are the People Who Will Lose SNAP Next Year?

January 13, 2015

This infographic summarizes basic facts about unemployed childless adults receiving SNAP (formerly food stamps), roughly 1 million of whom will be cut off SNAP over the course of 2016 — regardless of how hard they are looking for work — as a three-month time limit on benefits returns in many areas.  (Click here for full image. ...

1 Million People Facing Cutoff of SNAP Benefits Next Year

January 7, 2015

Roughly 1 million of the nation’s poorest people will be cut off SNAP (formerly food stamps) over the course of 2016 — even if they’re looking for a job but can’t find one —because a three-month time limit on benefits for unemployed childless adults who aren’t disabled will return in many geographic areas.

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Hardship in America, 2013: SNAP Cuts Are No Cause for Thanks

November 27, 2013

As Thanksgiving approaches, we’ve taken a closer look this week at hardship in America.  Our final post in the series explains how cuts to SNAP are affecting families.

This Thanksgiving Day, while many of us try to find room on the table for yet another pumpkin pie, many Americans who rely on the Supplemental...

States Taking the Lead in Making Work Supports More Efficient

July 31, 2013

Some federal lawmakers have been ramping up their attacks on public benefit programs, most recently at a House Ways and Means hearing today on the need to reform the programs to get people “real help.”  Fortunately, at the same hearing, lawmakers heard that a number of states are already doing this —...

Three Facts: What SNAP Means for Families and Communities

March 18, 2013

The Washington Post’s in-depth story on how SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) helps the residents and economy of Woonsocket, Rhode Island highlights many of the...

More Evidence That Boosting SNAP Reduces Hunger

December 13, 2012

As policymakers pursuing deficit reduction debate big cuts to federal programs — possibly including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) — a new study highlights SNAP’s powerful anti-hunger impact.  It’s just the latest evidence showing why we should strengthen SNAP, not weaken it.

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