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SNAP Works — Let's Keep It That Way

May 31, 2018

Policymakers are considering changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation's most effective anti-hunger program. The House is expected to reconsider a partisan farm bill next month that, with its SNAP provisions, would increase food insecurity and hardship for low-income families and make SNAP harder to administer, and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat...

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House-Passed Amendment Makes Farm Bill’s Harmful SNAP Provisions Worse

May 17, 2018

The House, which is expected to vote this week on the Agriculture Committee-approved farm bill, passed an amendment today from Committee Chairman Michael Conaway that worsens an already troubling bill by expanding its cuts in SNAP (food stamps) and making its...

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President’s Budget Would Cut and Radically Restructure SNAP Food Benefits

February 12, 2018

President Trump’s 2019 budget proposes to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by more than $213 billion over the next ten years — or by nearly 30 percent. It calls for radically restructuring the delivery of benefits, which would cut benefits for the...

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President’s Budget Would Radically Restructure, Cut SNAP

May 23, 2017

President Trump’s 2018 budget proposes to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by more than $193 billion over the next ten years — a more than 25 percent cut — through a massive cost shift to states, cutting eligibility for millions of households and reducing benefits for hundreds of thousands more, as we write in a...

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1996 Welfare Law Cut Food Assistance, Too

August 18, 2016

August 22 marks not just the 20th anniversary of the problematic Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, which the 1996 welfare law created.  That law also brought cuts — many of which remain in effect — to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, then called food stamps), which have left monthly benefits...

In Focus: Modest SNAP Benefits Even Smaller Due to 1996 Welfare Law
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WIC and SNAP Feed Kids and Support Learning

June 16, 2015

Research has shown that poverty during early childhood can have lifelong consequences for children’s physical, mental, and economic well-being.  But SNAP (formerly food stamps) and The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (known as WIC) are helping to keep kids fed — and supporting their classroom performance, as I...

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Reaching More Needy Americans

November 26, 2014

We’ve noted this Thanksgiving week that the safety net helps millions of Americans avert hardship and meet basic needs like food and housing.  Unfortunately, many eligible people miss out on needed help.  At a time of year when many...

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Do Medicaid and SNAP Reach Those Who Most Need Them?

September 30, 2014

Millions of low-income people qualify for both Medicaid and SNAP (formerly food stamps), but the federal government doesn’t regularly assess how many of them actually receive both.  That’s a significant omission: Medicaid and SNAP address the most basic needs of our poorest citizens, and health care and nutrition assistance likely produce more powerful results when provided together...

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CLASP: State Experiences Show Safety Net Programs Don’t Need Massive Overhaul to Work Better

July 23, 2014

As House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan prepares to unveil his proposal to address poverty, Olivia Golden of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) today took a closer look at the experiences of six states to debunk common myths about the delivery of safety net programs.

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Simplifying the Child Care Eligibility “Maze”

December 17, 2013

An important way to help low-income working families meet their basic needs and improve their lives is to make sure they receive the work supports for which they qualify, such as health coverage, food assistance, and child care assistance.  A new report from the Urban Institute and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) explains...

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