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February 6, 2020

Puerto Rico’s ongoing wait for federal policymakers to provide vital emergency funding in the aftermath of recent powerful earthquakes highlights a larger problem: Puerto Rico receives capped annual funding for its Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) that doesn’t enable the program...

Puerto Rico Earthquakes Affecting Many High-Poverty Areas
January 17, 2020

Fifteen states plus New York City have filed a lawsuit to block a new Trump Administration rule that would eliminate food assistance for nearly 700,000 low-income adults, according to the...

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December 11, 2019

The Trump Administration’s new rule that severely limits access to SNAP (food stamps) for certain jobless individuals aged 18-50 who aren’t raising minor children in their homes is not only cruel; it amounts to economic malpractice.

An important feature of economic...

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December 9, 2019

State policymakers can do more to ensure that low-income women and young children participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Just over half of those eligible currently participate, despite WIC’s well-documented role in improving birth, diet, health, and developmental outcomes. By...

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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:


Parent holding baby while preparing food
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,...

Parent holding baby while preparing food
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