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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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Five Things You Probably Don’t Know About Food Stamps

January 20, 2012

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is in the news these days because of comments made by some Republican presidential candidates. Below are five things you probably don’t know about the program.

  1. A large and growing share of SNAP
  2. ...
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Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 4: Helping Families Afford an Adequate Diet

December 19, 2011

As other posts in this series have shown, 2011 was another tough year for low- and moderate -income families.  One indicator is that over 2 million new people joined the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — SNAP, formerly known as food stamps — between January and September (the latest month...

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Hardship in America, Part 4: SNAP Helping Millions Afford an Adequate Diet

November 23, 2011

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.  Nearly 46 million individuals — one in seven Americans — get help affording a nutritionally adequate diet through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called the Food...

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