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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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Needing $110 Million, Congress Ignored Bipartisan Farm Program Reforms and Cut Nutrition Education Instead

January 3, 2013

When, in the new budget deal, Congress needed $110 million to extend current dairy programs, lawmakers looked not to savings from bipartisan reforms to farm subsidies that the House and Senate Agriculture Committees had crafted as part of their pending farm bill proposals.  Instead, Congress cut a nutrition education program that promotes healthy eating habits and physically active lifestyles...

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SNAP Benefits Scheduled to Be Cut Next November

December 18, 2012

As policymakers deliberate over the “fiscal cliff” and calls are coming from some quarters for major cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps), they should take this into account:  SNAP benefits are already scheduled to fall next November 1, when the 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary benefits boost ends.  Any further cuts would come on top of these...

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SNAP: Protecting the Nation’s Children

July 18, 2012

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) does an admirable job of meeting its core purpose — to provide a basic nutrition benefit to low-income Americans — as our new fact sheet points out.  The program has largely eliminated severe hunger and malnutrition in the United States and,...

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House Farm Bill Would End SNAP Benefits For Two to Three Million Americans

July 11, 2012

The House Agriculture Committee is scheduled today to mark up its version of a farm bill, which would cut $16.5 billion over the next decade from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) – a program that keeps millions of people out of poverty and reduces the severity of poverty for millions more.

These cuts – far deeper than...

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SNAP Grew When Needed and Will Shrink as Economy Recovers

July 5, 2012

In a USA Today op-ed today, I describe the critical role that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — this nation’s first line of defense against hunger — plays in helping millions of low-income Americans afford an adequate diet.

As I explain,...

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What SNAP Is For

June 13, 2012

The Senate is debating the farm bill, which authorizes SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program).  As members of Congress consider SNAP’s future, they would do well to understand its role as this nation’s first line of defense against hunger. This video, made in 2007 to mark the 30th anniversary of landmark legislation...

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Under $2 a Day in America, Part 2

March 6, 2012

Yesterday’s post in this series highlighted a recent study from the National Poverty Center showing that the number of extremely poor...

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