Poverty

6:00am

Sun October 6, 2013
Health

WIC Funding Only Through October

A grocery store sign notifies shoppers about acceptance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) voucher in August 1983.
National Archives and Records Administration

2:55pm

Sat September 21, 2013
Economy

Stuck In Poverty Amid Signs Of Recovery

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 3:45 pm

Food distributed by the Manna Food Center is packed in cardboard boxes to be loaded into clients' cars.
Chloe Coleman NPR

For the third year in a row, the poverty rate has remained stuck at about 15 percent. Nearly one in six Americans was living in poverty in 2012, according to a new report by the Census Bureau. Despite a slow-moving economic recovery, these latest numbers show that for poor Americans, there are few signs of any recovery.

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5:12pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Politics

House Votes To Slash $40 Billion From Food Stamp Program

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 6:51 pm

A woman and her daughter shop for groceries in New York City's Union Square using electronic benefits transfer (EBT), more commonly known as food stamps, on Wednesday.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted Thursday to slash $40 billion from the federal food stamp program.

GOP lawmakers cited what they said was widespread abuse of the program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is intended to help poor individuals and families buy groceries.

The vote to cut food stamps came on a party line vote of 217-200.

"It's wrong for working, middle-class people to pay" for abuse of the program, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said.

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12:38pm

Wed September 18, 2013
The Salt

House Bill Would Cut 3.8 Million People From Food Stamp Rolls

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 2:44 pm

Advocates for the poor say the proposed cuts to the food stamp program — $40 billion over 10 years — don't make sense at a time when unemployment remains high.
iStockphoto.com

The House of Representatives is expected to take up a bill Thursday that would chart the course for federal nutrition programs for years to come.

The measure calls for $40 billion in cuts over a decade to the federal food stamp program, now known as SNAP. The measure's Republican backers say it attacks fraud, but advocates say it will hurt the poor.

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10:21am

Tue September 17, 2013
Economy

Poverty Rate Unchanged In 2012

How the number of Americans below the poverty line and the poverty rate have changed.
Census Bureau

The nation's poverty rate remained unchanged at 15 percent in 2012, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.

For a family of four (two adults, two children) the poverty threshold in 2012 was $23,283.

There were 46.5 million Americans below the poverty line last year, Census says, vs. 46.2 million in 2011.

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