New restrictions in the federally funded food stamp program have begun affecting hundreds of thousands of needy families throughout America, as revived rules designed to incentivize people looking for work result in the loss of benefits for 500,000 to 1 million people in 21 states.
Felony drug convictions haunt offenders for decades, preventing them from getting food stamps, other federal assistance, renting apartments and even finding work.
How many people in this country pray for the poor on Sunday and spend the rest of the week complaining that the government is doing something about them?
By James Weill, McClatchy-Tribune News Service A lot has happened in the 50 years since LBJ signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964 into law. We’ve elected eight presidents, watched our population grow and shift, gained knowledge about health and nutrition, enjoyed economic booms and survived recessions. Through it all, food stamps have been there, […]
By Tim Henderson, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — Luxuries were affordable for Linda Fish before she lost her job in retail management in 2009. “I won’t lie. The dinners out, the perfect martinis, the salon visits with a master stylist, and the rooms at nice hotels when I was too lazy or tired to do the long […]
Low-income families weren’t the only ones hurt by cuts to food stamps last fall. Top Walmart executives also took a hit. The cutbacks ate into the discount giant’s sales because so many of its low-income customers rely on this public assistance program to help pay for their groceries. And that made it tough for the company’s top brass to […]
By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times Prohibiting the use of federal food stamps to purchase sugar-sweetened beverages and subsidizing the purchase of fruits and vegetables with the coupons would improve nutrition, foster weight loss and drive down rates of Type 2 diabetes among the program’s 47.6 million recipients, according to a new study. In so […]
By Jake Grovum, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — A fresh round of food stamp cuts at the state level are underway, on top of federal food stamp reductions that hit millions of Americans twice since November. In some states, policymakers have imposed additional cuts that jeopardize benefits for hundreds of thousands. The impact of the reductions is […]
By Brittany Shammas, Sun Sentinel FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Andrea and Colin Chisholm III fancied themselves Scottish aristocrats, insisting on being called Lord and Lady and leading a lavish lifestyle fitting of royals. They owned a $1.2 million, 83-foot yacht that was docked in South Florida. They lived in waterfront homes in Minnesota and in Lighthouse […]
Reflections upon the recent holiday: The first time my wife saw tears in my eyes was in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, at the tomb of Jonathan Swift. The brilliant 18th-century Irish satirist was my first and most enduring literary hero, a towering figure who Yeats thought “slept under the greatest epitaph in history” — composed […]
Walmart made it clear last September that they did not have any “position” on the $5 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides food stamps to millions of Americans nationwide. However, after disappointing fourth-quarter sales and profits, the company may want to reconsider. The Financial Times reports that although Walmart initially expected […]
Congress has left me confused. Stunned, actually, as well as bewildered, chagrined and slightly depressed. The GOP-dominated House has passed a bill that defies compassion, mathematics and common sense. OK, so there’s nothing unusual about that. Point taken. But the recent passage of a farm bill, after months of delay, is an especially sharp example […]
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) — The War on Poverty is now 50 years old. Has it failed? The answer varies, depending on whether we use the government’s official poverty measure or its much newer, and far more informative, one. The new measure demonstrates that government programs are doing a lot of good, especially for children. Nonetheless, […]