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Hardship in America, 2013: SNAP Helps Many Afford an Adequate Diet

November 26, 2013

As many Americans celebrate Thanksgiving by sharing an elaborate meal with friends and family, it’s important to remember that many other Americans lack the resources to meet their basic food needs.  The share of American households that had trouble affording adequate food at some point in the year jumped in 2008 due to the recession and has remained high (see graph). ...

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Setting the Record Straight on SNAP, Part 10: Cantor’s Misleading Defense of the House SNAP Bill

September 19, 2013

House Majority Leader Cantor has responded to some of our criticisms, as well as those of faith leaders, service providers, and policymakers, on the new House Republican proposal to cut nearly 4 million people off SNAP in 2014, which the House will vote on...

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Setting the Record Straight on SNAP, Part 2: The Truth About Unemployed Childless Adults

September 10, 2013

House Republican leaders would have Americans believe that large numbers of young men have chosen to try to live on SNAP benefits alone (which average under $1.40 per person per meal across all SNAP recipients, as the...

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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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