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Letting SNAP Participants Buy Dietary Supplements With Their Benefits Could Leave Them Hungry

June 26, 2018

As the Senate considers the Agriculture Committee’s farm bill this week, it should avoid a provision in the House-passed farm bill that would let SNAP participants use their benefits to buy dietary supplements, such as multivitamins.

The Senate committee’s...

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House May Reconsider Farm Bill That Would Cut Food Assistance for Over 2 Million People

June 21, 2018

The House Agriculture Committee farm bill, which the House rejected on May 18 but likely will vote on again as soon as this evening, would increase food insecurity and hardship. Its changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would cause more than 1 million low-...

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House Plan to Corporatize SNAP Would Likely Disrupt Food Assistance for Poor

June 19, 2018

The House could vote again this week on a partisan farm bill that, among its harmful nutrition provisions, would let states turn all SNAP (...

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House Farm Bill, Which May Face Another Vote, Even Worse Due to Recent Amendments

May 18, 2018

The partisan farm bill that the House rejected today would increase food insecurity and hardship for low-income families and make SNAP harder to administer. The fight over the bill isn’t over, however, because House Republicans can call for another vote on it. And, in its current form, this bill would be even more harmful than the...

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Farm Bill’s Costly Child Support Requirement Would Take Food Assistance from Needy Families

May 16, 2018

The House Agriculture Committee farm bill, which the House is expected to vote on this week, would require low-income parents living apart to participate in the child support enforcement program or lose SNAP benefits. In a commentary today for Governing,...

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Farm Bill Would Impose SNAP Benefit Cliff, Taking Assistance Away from Hundreds of Thousands of Low-Income Working Households

May 9, 2018

The pending House farm bill would take away SNAP (formerly food stamps) from about 1 million people in nearly 400,000 households by restricting the “categorical eligibility” option — thus, no longer letting states raise SNAP’s gross income limit to extend benefits to more low-income households. Almost all benefits for households that qualify due to a higher limit go to working families, and...

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Chairman Conaway Can Settle the Question of Whether His Proposal Would Push People Off SNAP by Releasing It

March 29, 2018

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway dismisses troubling reports that he’s considering harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), saying they don’t reflect the farm bill that he’s putting together.  He can, however, confirm that he’s not pushing for deep SNAP benefit cuts, or changes to eligibility, by releasing the details of...

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SNAP Helped Millions After Hurricanes, Highlighting How Many Are Barely Getting By

January 12, 2018

SNAP (formerly food stamps) helped millions put food on the table in the months after the fall hurricanes in Florida, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) show. Some 3.6 million people received temporary disaster SNAP benefits in October alone. That’s a reminder of how many...

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Puerto Rico Needs More Food Assistance During Recovery

November 14, 2017

“Of all Puerto Rico’s continuing miseries… the most blatantly unjust is that Islanders have been denied the more generous and swifter food relief distributed to storm victims this year in Texas and Florida under the emergency food stamp program,” the New York Times editorialized recently. Since Puerto...

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Policymakers Should Now Turn to Puerto Rico’s Longer-Term Recovery

October 25, 2017

Now that Congress has passed a supplemental funding package that includes food assistance for Puerto Rico — enabling the Agriculture Department to work with the Commonwealth to design, fund, and implement a disaster plan to give hurricane-affected residents the food they need over the...

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