Category Archives: Food

New Report: “What Is It Like to Apply for SNAP and Other Work Supports?”

New Report: Heather Hahn, Michael Katz, & Julia B. Isaacs, What Is It Like to Apply for SNAP and Other Work Supports?, Urban Institute, Aug. 2017. Abstract below:

Many working families are eligible for help with food, health insurance, and child care to support their families and stabilize their employment. Applying for support, though, can be confusing and time intensive, leaving some eligible families without key supports. This brief examines the experiences of clients applying for work supports: what they go through, what they care about, and how experiences differ for different clients. We find that state social service agencies and local social services office can help families access supports by using fast, efficient processes; offering a range of options for how to apply, including online systems; interacting with clients respectfully; and providing clear information on how to apply for and maintain supports.

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New Op-Ed: “The Republican party is a threat to school lunches for hungry kids”

New Op-Ed: Ezra Rosser, The Republican party is a threat to school lunches for hungry kids, The Hill, Aug. 25, 2017. [Note: I do not write the headline for the op-ed, but this is pretty accurate. And as with all such op-ed, only read the comments if you are prepared to get depressed.]

Paper: “We Built It and They Did Not Come: Using New Governance Theory in the Fight for Food Justice in Low-Income Communities of Color”

Deborah N. Archer & Tamara Belinfanti, We Built It and They Did Not Come: Using New Governance Theory in the Fight for Food Justice in Low-Income Communities of Color (July 17, 2017).

News Article: “What Do We Think Poverty Looks Like?”

Op-Ed: Joe Kennedy III & Peter Edelman, “Donald Trump’s Budget Cuts Would Leave Many Americans Hungry”

Op-Ed: Joe Kennedy III & Peter Edelman, “Donald Trump’s Budget Cuts Would Leave Many Americans Hungry,” Time, June 29, 2017.

Podcast: “What would happen to SNAP if proposed $191 billion cut became law?”

Elaine Waxman and Jonathan Schwabish, “What would happen to SNAP if proposed $191 billion cut became law?“, The Urban Institute, May 30, 2017.

News Article: “Food stamps: a lifeline for America’s poor that Trump wants to cut”

David Smith and Dominic Rushe, “Food stamps: a lifeline for America’s poor that Trump wants to cut“, The Guardian, May 28, 2017.

NY Times Editorial: “The Problem Isn’t Food Stamps, It’s Poverty”

NY Times Editorial: “The Problem Isn’t Food Stamps, It’s Poverty,” May 26, 2017.

Lots of News about Trump’s Budget Proposal and the Poor this Week

This week there was lots of coverage of Trump’s proposed budget (see this overview from the NY Times) and its effect on poor people.  Below are just some of the articles and op-eds on the topic:

Perhaps the headline from the NPR story says it best:

Lastly, perhaps to explain what Republicans think about all this, this week Ben Carson called poverty largely a state of mind.

News Article: Immigrants are going hungry so Trump won’t deport them

News Article: Caitlin Dewey, Immigrants are going hungry so Trump won’t deport them, Washington Post (Mar. 16, 2017).