SNAP (Food Stamps)

3:30pm

Sun April 22, 2012
Economy

Poverty In America: Defining The New Poor

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 8:50 am

President Clinton prepares to sign legislation overhauling America's welfare system at the White House Rose Garden on Aug. 22, 1996. Today, the ranks of the nation's poor have swelled to a record 46.2 million β€” nearly 1 in 6 Americans β€” as the prolonged pain of the recession leaves millions still struggling and out of work.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Welfare changes in the 1990s helped slash cash benefit rolls, yet the use of food stamps is soaring today. About 15 percent of Americans use food stamps. The program has become what some call the new welfare.

A big reason why is a deal struck between President Clinton and the Republican-controlled Congress in 1996. At that time, the number of Americans who received cash payments β€” what's often thought of as welfare β€” was at an all-time high.

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8:42am

Tue April 17, 2012
The Salt

Food Stamps Helped Many Families Weather The Recession

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 9:26 am

Food stamps kept the carts rolling during the recession.
iStockphoto.com

Food stamps have long been a favorite whipping boy of politicians looking to beat up on government spending. But the massive food-assistance program does help keep people out of poverty, according to new research.

Food stamp benefits led to a decline of 4.4 percent in poverty from 2000 to 2009, according to a new report from the USDA's Economic Research Service.

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7:04am

Tue February 7, 2012
The Salt

Could Taxes Or Food Stamp Restrictions Tame America's Sweet Tooth?

Sugar may be our favorite pick-me-up. I know I sometimes get the 4 p.m. urge for peanut M&Ms. But how much is too much?

The American Heart Association says women should not have more than 6 teaspoons, or 30 grams, a day, which is about 100 calories of added sugar (excluding fruit). And men should try not to exceed 9 teaspoons, or 45 grams.

But a lot of us are eating way more.

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3:14pm

Thu January 19, 2012
The Salt

Big-City Mayors Dig In To Food Policy

Farmer's markets are just one part of Baltimore's food programs.
Steve Ruark ASSOCIATED PRESS

Food policy can sound like a dreary enterprise best left to Washington, D.C. But big-city mayors are starting to see local food policy as a key step in getting healthy, affordable food to their constituents.

This afternoon, the mayors of America are meeting in Washington, D.C., to launch their own food policy task force. The goal is to share information on projects that work, and also make sure that federal food policy doesn't muck up those local efforts.

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4:47pm

Tue December 6, 2011
SNAP Benefits

USDA Launching New Effort to Fight Food Stamp Fraud

U.S. Dept of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is launching new efforts aimed at fighting fraud with the nation’s food stamp program.Β 

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