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April 2, 2020

There’s confusion about whether unemployed workers not raising minor children in their home can get SNAP, given Trump Administration efforts to tighten a rule limiting them to three months of benefits and a new law temporarily suspending that rule due to the coronavirus emergency. Fortunately, the temporary suspension means they can get SNAP throughout the current health emergency....

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March 27, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which President Trump is expected to sign soon, doesn’t expand benefits or eligibility under SNAP (food stamps). Policymakers must address this limitation in their next stimulus measure, both to help the growing number of families struggling to afford food in the pandemic and because SNAP is one of the fastest, most effective...

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March 18, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act — which the House passed, and the President is expected to sign — will give states broad, temporary flexibility and authority to supplement and modify SNAP (food stamps) and other nutrition programs during the current public health emergency.

If implemented quickly, this new flexibility and authority will play a key temporary role in helping...

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March 18, 2020

Governors can use the flexibility that the pending Families First Coronavirus Response Act would give them to ensure that WIC benefits remain accessible even if COVID-19...

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March 4, 2020

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will hear arguments tomorrow on a lawsuit to stop a new Trump Administration rule that would eliminate food assistance for nearly 700,000 low-income adults, according to the Administration’s own estimate.

Under current...

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February 27, 2020

A new bill from Senator Sherrod Brown would support states’ efforts to enroll more low-income families in WIC.

WIC Coverage Rates Have Fallen Since 2011
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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