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November 11, 2019

SNAP (food stamps) is an effective program that helps millions of Americans put food on the table, but there’s room to build upon its successes, as we write in a special issue of the American Journal of Public Health that’s focused on SNAP.

As we describe in our essay:

SNAP...

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October 8, 2019

As the President and Congress turn this fall to finalizing the full-year appropriations bills to fund the government, they should make the changes that they’ve failed to make so far to protect SNAP from possible funding shortfalls.

In addition, if policymakers need to enact another short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government when the current CR expires on November 21,...

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September 10, 2019

Update, November 13: We’ve updated this post to incorporate revised data the Census Bureau released in October.

Economic hardship would be far more pervasive without key anti-poverty programs, Census data released today show, with programs like SNAP (food stamps), the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) keeping millions...

In Focus: Key Federal Programs Lift Millions Out of Poverty
August 12, 2019

We recently explained why SNAP benefits don’t adequately help families afford a healthy diet. Our new paper and...

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August 5, 2019

SNAP (food stamp) benefits fall short of what many participants need to buy food and prepare a healthy diet, our new paper and policy brief...

Families Spend Far Less Time Preparing Food Than Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) Assumes
July 12, 2019

Our new video series featuring low-wage workers in Maine affected by the three-month limit on SNAP (food stamp) benefits shows why losing SNAP can make it harder to get a job and rise out of poverty.

In most states, adults ages 18-50 who aren’t disabled and don’t have a minor child in their household...

SNAP & The 3-Month Limit: Lessons Learned from Maine: Thomas Ptacek
June 20, 2019

A House Agriculture subcommittee will hear testimony today about a Trump Administration plan to roll back an important state option (“categorical eligibility”) that lets states tailor their SNAP (food stamp) income and asset limits to provide modest help to certain low-income households — mainly working families, seniors, and people with disabilities — to afford food. Though Congress on a...

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June 12, 2019

The Trump Administration is considering whether to use a lower inflation measure to calculate annual adjustments to the federal poverty line. This approach would ultimately...

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May 21, 2019

The Senate is expected to vote this week on a disaster relief bill restoring food aid to Puerto Rico, among other crucial assistance for the Commonwealth during its ongoing...

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April 8, 2019

SNAP’s harsh three-month limit on food assistance, which the Administration wants to make even harsher, reflects the idea that taking food away from jobless adults will lead them to work or earn more. But repeated studies, including a new report from the nonprofit consulting firm ideas42,...

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