Category Archives: Food

Op-Ed: “The Safety Net is Crucial for Kids”

Chad Stone, The Safety Net is Crucial for Kids, U.S. News, October 13, 2017. [“Government programs like tax credits and SNAP are proven to lower childhood poverty rates.”]

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New Article: “Implementing the three-month time limit on SNAP for unemployed 18-to 49-year-olds”

David A. Super, Implementing the three-month time limit on SNAP for unemployed 18-to 49-year-olds, Center for Civil Justice, July 2, 2015. [Excerpted below]

 

The 1996 welfare law for the first time imposed a time limit on the eligibility of low-income people for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits even when they are complying with all program requirements. The Congressional Budget Office initially estimated that this provision would cause roughly one million childless people between the ages of 18 and 50 who want to work but cannot find jobs to lose benefits in an average month. Fortunately, even states that strongly support imposing demanding work requirements on recipients recognized the unfairness of cutting off people who are willing to work. As a result, several hundred thousand people were spared arbitrary cut-offs.

 

Op-Ed: “Trump officials allow Puerto Ricans to use food stamps for hot food”

Nathaniel Weixel, Trump officials allow Puerto Ricans to use food stamps for hot food, The Hill, October 3, 2017. [“The Trump administration has granted a waiver so that Puerto Ricans can use food stamp benefits to purchase prepared food in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.”]

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.

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.