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Setting the Record Straight on SNAP, Part 1: Overview

September 9, 2013

With the House expected to vote in coming weeks on a proposal to “mindlessly gut” SNAP (formerly food stamps), as today’s New York Times editorial puts it, proponents are circulating misleading information about both the program and the proposed cuts.  We will be issuing a series of...

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Benefit Cut Coming for All SNAP Recipients

August 1, 2013

We’ve highlighted some of the safety net’s successes this week, including the positive...

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Health Reform Drives Innovations in Delivery of Human Services

June 5, 2013

The Urban Institute has published a new commentary collection on the first year of Work Support Strategies (WSS), a five-year, multi-state project that is designing, testing, and implementing more effective, streamlined,...

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House Agriculture Committee Proposal Would Force 2 Million People Off SNAP

May 14, 2013

The House Agriculture Committee is poised to consider a farm bill this week that would eliminate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) assistance to nearly 2 million low-income people and, more generally, cause significant hardships for millions of low-income households, as we explain in a new paper.

That’s...

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The Facts on SNAP, Part 1: SNAP Provides Modest Benefits to Vulnerable People

May 8, 2013

With the Senate and House Agriculture Committees considering changes next week to SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps), we are beginning a series of posts today that will lay out basic facts about the nation’s most important anti-hunger program.  This first one starts with the people it serves.

  • SNAP households have very
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SNAP Will Take a Hit Even Before the Farm Bill Battle Begins

May 2, 2013

The House Agriculture Committee will soon take up a bill to reauthorize federal farm programs, and it’s expected to include even deeper and more damaging cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) than its version from last year.  And, those cuts would deepen the benefit cuts...

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State Eligibility Changes Not Major Factor in SNAP’s Growth

March 28, 2013

A piece in today’s Wall Street Journal greatly overstates the role that a state eligibility option has played in the recent growth of SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps).  The biggest factors by far are the recession and long-term...

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Ryan Budget’s SNAP Cuts Even Deeper Than We Thought

March 19, 2013

New information from the House Budget Committee shows that Chairman Ryan’s planned cuts in SNAP (formerly food stamps) are even more draconian than we originally thought.

The report clarifies that the Ryan...

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SNAP Beneficiaries Face a “Food Cliff” in November

February 8, 2013

While Washington has finished focusing on the “fiscal cliff,” low-income individuals and families who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) may be more focused on the “food cliff” — the scheduled SNAP benefit cut that will occur November 1 when the 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary benefit boost ends, as we explain in a new...

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New Fact Sheets Show SNAP’s Effectiveness in All 50 States

January 17, 2013

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a critically important program that helps over 47 million low-income people put food on the table.  As our new fact sheets show, SNAP plays a crucial role in every state.

SNAP serves mostly families with children, elderly, or disabled members....

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