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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
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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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In Making Budget Cuts, New Joint Committee Should Not Forget the Human Impact

September 2, 2011

With attention focused on spiraling federal deficits, some budget experts surely will rate the new joint congressional committee that will start work this month on whether it meets its deficit-reduction targets. Another important yardstick should be whether it does so in a fair and humane way.

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Need for Food Stamps Likely to Remain High

January 14, 2011

Some 43 million Americans are receiving help through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) to afford a nutritionally adequate diet, according to the latest Agriculture Department figures. That works out to 1 in 7 Americans — and 1 in every 4 children. And the need for SNAP isn’t likely to decline significantly anytime soon, given the nation’s large jobs deficit.

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