Tag: food stamps

Two For One: Subsidies Help Food Stamp Recipients Buy Fresh Food

Two For One: Subsidies Help Food Stamp Recipients Buy Fresh Food

| October 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

There a big new pot of government money available for programs that boost the buying power of food stamps. But there’s a catch: The cash has to spent on local fruit and vegetables.

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Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps

Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps

| May 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last year, about 1 in 7 people in the U.S. were getting food stamps, or SNAP benefits. But the numbers have started to drop as more people find work and better-paying jobs, analysts say.

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Why Take-And-Bake Pizza Is Giving The Tax Guys A Headache

Why Take-And-Bake Pizza Is Giving The Tax Guys A Headache

| May 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

These days more and more foods are straddling the line between prepared and unprepared, taxable and nontaxable. And that leaves policymakers with a strange conundrum: what to do about pizza.

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States’ Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows

States’ Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Congress planned to shave $8.6 billion from the food stamps program by closing a loophole, cutting benefits to 850,000 households. But it left states an out to avoid the cuts, and many are taking it.

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Advice for Eating Well on a Tight Budget, From a Mom Who’s Been There

Advice for Eating Well on a Tight Budget, From a Mom Who’s Been There

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Learning to garden and cook with cheap, healthy produce helped JuJu Harris survive while raising seven kids on public assistance. In a new cookbook, she shares her tips for other struggling moms.

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Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients

Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The proposed farm bill would cut nearly $1 billion a year from the food stamp program, known as SNAP. While it’s far less than what Republicans had originally wanted, the proposal will affect roughly 850,000 households, many of which are still struggling from cuts made only three months ago.

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New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

| January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

A five-year farm bill will end months of uncertainty for farmers and agriculture workers, its backers say. The Agricultural Act of 2014 would also end a long-criticized farm subsidy program.

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Social Supermarkets A ‘Win-Win-Win’ For Europe’s Poor

Social Supermarkets A ‘Win-Win-Win’ For Europe’s Poor

| December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Part discount grocer, part social service agency, the supermarkets limit membership to those who can prove they receive some form of welfare benefits. These stores, which are flourishing in Europe, sell food that’s been rejected by grocers but is still perfectly edible and would otherwise end up in landfills.

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KQED’s Forum: Should Food Stamp Users be Blocked from Buying Junk Food?

KQED’s Forum: Should Food Stamp Users be Blocked from Buying Junk Food?

| December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

The federal food stamp program, known as SNAP, supports one in seven Americans at a cost of around $80 billion each year. With almost 70 percent of adult Americans overweight, some nutrition advocates want to prohibit SNAP recipients from using food stamps to purchase junk food such as soda and chips. Opponents say that such restrictions would unfairly target the poor and limit their food options. KQED’s Forum discusses the issue.

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Loophole Or Workaround? (Food Stamp Edition)

Loophole Or Workaround? (Food Stamp Edition)

| December 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

In the debate over whether to cut the food stamp program, members of Congress are looking at two pretty arcane provisions in the law.

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See How Food Stamp Cuts Are Hitting Across The U.S.

See How Food Stamp Cuts Are Hitting Across The U.S.

| November 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Oregon as a local food movement hub? That’s obvious. Less so is the fact that one in five state residents rely on food stamps. That’s one of the surprising facts that stand out in an interactive map that tracks how cuts that went into effect on Nov. 1 are affecting the country.

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Why U.S. Taxpayers Pay $7 Billion A Year To Help Fast-Food Workers

Why U.S. Taxpayers Pay $7 Billion A Year To Help Fast-Food Workers

| October 16, 2013 | 2 Comments

Fifty-two percent of low-wage fast-food workers rely on public assistance programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to make ends meet, a fresh analysis finds. Many are adults supporting families. But some conservative economists say raising the minimum wage to $15 – as protesters are demanding – wouldn’t help matters.

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Government Shutdown Leaves Program Feeding Women and Infants in Lurch

Government Shutdown Leaves Program Feeding Women and Infants in Lurch

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Some state programs serving low-income women with young children at nutritional risk may run out of funding by next week. Other states have enough funding to provide benefits — which average $45 per month — through October.

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House Votes To Slash $40 Billion From Food Stamp Program

House Votes To Slash $40 Billion From Food Stamp Program

| September 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

The bill would cut funding for the program over the next 10 years and affect an estimated 4 million Americans. The measure, passed narrowly along party lines, is not expected to pass the Senate.

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