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With House Passage, Senate Now Must Pass Critical Food Assistance for Puerto Rico

October 16, 2017

The House has passed a $36.5 billion aid package that includes critical funding for additional food assistance for needy households affected by hurricanes, including in Puerto Rico. Given reports of food shortages and other hardship on the island, the Senate should now move swiftly to pass...


USDA Lets Puerto Ricans Buy Hot Meals With Food Benefits

October 4, 2017

Some media have reported — incorrectly — that the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) denied Puerto Rico’s request to let recipients of the territory’s main food assistance program use their benefits to buy hot, ready-to-eat foods, which program rules don’t typically allow. We’d like to correct the record.

On September 30, USDA issued a...

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SNAP Designed to Respond Effectively, Quickly to Disaster

September 27, 2017

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to work with states to rapidly and effectively provide food to those affected by recent hurricanes, it’s worth exploring the three key design features of SNAP (formerly food stamps) that make its effective disaster response possible...

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USDA Acts Quickly to Get Food to Hurricane Harvey-Affected Families

August 31, 2017

Government and voluntary organizations are working quickly to help families affected by Hurricane Harvey, including by performing the critical task of ensuring that people can get enough to eat now and in the weeks ahead. Poor families that lost food due to flooding and power outages can ill afford to replace it. And, for those that will be out of their homes for some time, feeding their...

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Four Ways SNAP Encourages Work

July 26, 2017

SNAP (formerly food stamps), the nation’s most critical anti-hunger program, also encourages work, our new report and video explain. SNAP’s benefit structure rewards earnings over unearned...

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Voices from SNAP’s Founding Warn Against Anti-Hunger Backslide

July 5, 2017

Proposed massive cuts in SNAP, like those in President Trump’s budget, represent “a stunning attempt to reverse the slow but steady progress we have made” against hunger in recent decades, Georgetown Law Professor Peter Edelman and Rep. Joe Kennedy III explain in a...

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