Tag: SNAP

Across The Country, Fast-Food Workers Rally For $15-An-Hour Pay

Across The Country, Fast-Food Workers Rally For $15-An-Hour Pay

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Union organizers say workers need a liveable wage and that their campaign to win them is gaining momentum, but the industry says higher wages would increase the cost of fast food.

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Millions Struggle To Get Enough To Eat Despite Jobs Returning

Millions Struggle To Get Enough To Eat Despite Jobs Returning

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The number of food insecure Americans did not decline between 2012 and 2013, according to the USDA. And the level of food insecurity remains much higher than it was before the recession.

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Berkeley’s Ecology Center Creates Farmers’ Market-Finding Tool

Berkeley’s Ecology Center Creates Farmers’ Market-Finding Tool

| July 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

Berkeley’s Ecology Center has created a tool to help people not only find their nearest farmers’ market, but direct them there, and tell them whether it accepts CalFresh or SNAP benefits.

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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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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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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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The Top Issues That Consumed the Food World This Year

The Top Issues That Consumed the Food World This Year

| December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

From GMOs to apps on your phone, these were some of the biggest food stories and trends in 2013.

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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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What Separates A Healthy And Unhealthy Diet? Just $1.50 Per Day

What Separates A Healthy And Unhealthy Diet? Just $1.50 Per Day

| December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

That difference translates to about $550 a year, according to a new meta-analysis of studies evaluating the retail costs of food, grouped by healthfulness. It’s chump change for middle-class eaters, but a big gap for low-income families. Researchers say that’s a problem that can be solved.

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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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