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The Amazon Prime Food Stamp Discount Is All About Enriching Amazon 14.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In an apparent effort to siphon more business from retail competitors, the online ordering giant Amazon is offering discounts to welfare recipients, though experts say it’s unlikely that many will sign up. Last week, Amazon announced that it would offer membership to its Amazon Prime service — which comes with perks including free expedited shipping and access to its video and music streaming platforms — at a discounted rate of $5.99 per month for active recipients of federal assistance like food stamps. Most people won’t be able to actually spend benefits online ― at least not yet. But Amazon is likely betting that someday soon, they will. And when that day comes, the corporate giant wants a cut of the action, which is already worth billions to Walmart and other big retailers.  More than 42 million Americans currently receive food stamps, aka Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, which average about $125 a month per person and can be redeemed at grocery stores for most food products. At an ...
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The Food Stamp Program Is An Overwhelming Success. That Might Also Be Its Downfall. 12.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In 1968, CBS showed a baby die on national television.  The hourlong “Hunger in America” program opened with a doctor using his thumb to try to pump air into the lungs of an emaciated baby. Viewers might have assumed the child was starving in some remote, developing country until the narrator assured them otherwise. “He was an American,” the narrator says as the infant’s shoulder sags. “Now, he is dead.” The show aired when there was an intense focus on hunger. Congress had held hearings on the issue, and the year before the CBS report, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.) made a high-profile trip to the Mississippi Delta to draw attention to the plight of starving children (and to himself, since he would soon be a presidential candidate). On his visit to the delta, Kennedy saw a 2-year-old girl sitting on the floor in the backroom of a windowless shack. “This little kid seems not to be able to stand up, but seems old enough to be able to stand up,” Peter Edelman, a Kennedy aide who accompanied the senator, ...
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Trump's Push For Self-Sufficiency Misses The Point Of Safety Net Programs 10.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By David Campbell , Binghamton University, State University of New York and Kristina Lambright , Binghamton University, State University of New York Here’s how Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has tried to justify the Trump administration’s bid to cut or scrap many safety net programs:  “We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs. We are going to measure compassion and success by the number of people we get off of those programs to get back in charge of their own lives.” In other words, Mulvaney is arguing that the main criterion for a program’s success should be whether it leads to self-sufficiency. But as researchers who have studied ways to evaluate social services, we don’t think this metric makes sense in this case. Evaluating government programs Determining whether a government program works involves looking at its goals and whom it’s supposed to help. Congress created and has sustained a safety net to help ...
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GOP Congressman Declines To Say Whether Every American Is Entitled To Eat 27.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) refused to say whether “every American is entitled to eat” and the food stamps program is the best way to ensure that they have the food they need. NPR’s Scott Simon interviewed Smith on Saturday about the farm bill and President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. In the president’s budget, the White House is seeking $193 billion in cuts to SNAP over 10 years, an amount equal to more than one-quarter of the program’s cost over that period. There is room for “very minor shifts” in SNAP that “make sure we do not harm the most vulnerable among us,” according to Smith. “Especially for people in need we do not want to leave our most vulnerable without nutrition,” he said. “Looking at that, we always want to keep that in mind.” But Simon pressed Smith on his views about the program’s underlying philosophy. “Let me ask you this bluntly: Is every American entitled to eat?” he asked. “Well, nutrition obviously we ...
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Trump's Plan to Kick People Off Food Stamps Is an "Attack on the Poor," Activists Say 25.5.2017 Truthout.com
Advocates for the struggling and hungry are appalled by Trump's budget proposal to slash billions of dollars from social programs such as Medicaid and food stamps. The White House is framing the cuts as proposed "reforms" meant to encourage people to get off the government dole and find a job, but critics say Trump's policies would only worsen the conditions of poverty. A convenience store's sign advertising their acceptance of food stamps, in Reading, Pennsylvania, July 16, 2013. (Photo: Mark Makela / The New York Times) Last April, advocates for low-income people in West Virginia sent a letter to state officials who were preparing to drop more than 1,500 people from the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as SNAP or food stamps), demanding that an exemption be made for the homeless. The state had decided to reinstate a federal rule in several counties requiring people without registered disabilities or dependent children to work at least 20 hours a week in order to receive ...
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Trump Administration Sending Mixed Messages On Food Stamps 25.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue faced heated questioning Wednesday over President Donald Trump’s new proposal to slash food stamps. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) asked Perdue at a hearing why he’d said last week that he didn’t favor cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is overseen by Perdue’s agency, given that the Trump budget cuts the program. Contrary to the budget, Perdue simply said that SNAP would be fully funded in the next fiscal year and that any changes would be up to Congress. “The legislative proposal going forward is obviously something you and all of your members in Congress will deal with and have your stamp on that,” Perdue said. He also said he stood by his comment last week that SNAP isn’t broken and doesn’t need fixing. It’s true that presidential budgets are basically just suggestions , and that it will be up to Congress to set spending levels, but it’s hard to reconcile Perdue’s sunny outlook on SNAP with the Trump administration’s push to ...
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Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike as Trump Visits Israel 20.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Demonstrators rally outside the Best Buy store in Manhattan's Union Square to support a mass hunger strike launched by Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli detention on April 21, 2017. (Photo: Joe Catron / Flickr ) As Donald Trump arrives in Israel, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are participating in a hunger strike to protest their mistreatment. On April 17, Palestinian Prisoners' Day, approximately 1,500 prisoners began refusing food, ingesting only salt water. Will the US call Israel on its human rights violations? Demonstrators rally outside the Best Buy store in Manhattan's Union Square to support a mass hunger strike launched by Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli detention on April 21, 2017. (Photo: Joe Catron / Flickr ) This story was published only because of readers like you. Support independent journalism: Make a donation to Truthout today! As Donald Trump arrives in Israel, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are participating in a hunger strike to protest their mistreatment. On ...
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Key Trump Official Signals Strong Support For Food Stamps 18.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump has said very little over the years about the food stamp program, which is one of America’s most important anti-poverty efforts and one that Republicans have frequently tried to cut.  On Wednesday, Trump’s secretary of agriculture strongly suggested the Trump administration has no interest in making drastic changes to the program. “It’s been a very important, effective program,” Sonny Perdue told the House agriculture committee during a hearing. The USDA administers the food stamp program. “As far as I’m concerned we have no proposed changes,” Perdue said. “You don’t try to fix things that aren’t broken.”  Perdue’s comments come as Republicans on Capitol Hill and in the Trump administration have floated significant cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other programs, such as Social Security Disability Insurance, as part of an effort to balance the federal budget within 10 years.  The Trump administration won’t officially release its budget until ...
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North Carolina Republican thinks it's only fair to kick 133,000 people off food stamps 17.5.2017 Daily Kos
File under: Republicans will use any flimsy excuse to hurt low-income families. North Carolina state Sen. Ralph Hise wants to take food aid away from 133,000 people , including 55,000 children … and he says it’s about fairness. Hise would strip Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility from people who qualify for food stamps automatically as a result of qualifying for other aid programs, because he says it’s not fair to people who don’t qualify that way. “You’ve got a family of four making $40,000 who can’t qualify because their children are school-aged, but you’ve got another family that maybe makes more, but who qualified for child care subsidies and therefore qualified for food stamps as well,” Hise said. “What we are eliminating is that fact that another program automatically qualifies you for food stamps.” Taking food out of the mouths of 133,000 North Carolinians is the only fair thing to do. Aside from the sheer cruelty and immorality of Hise’s plan, there’s another small issue, Alan ...
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Decolonizers Show Up for Palestinian Hunger Strikers on New York's Fifth Avenue 16.5.2017 Truthout.com
At night, Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is overtaken by an odd contamination: not the everyday smothering of dirt and smog, but searing glow of street lamps and 24-hour storefronts that virtually bleaches out every surface. But last Tuesday, a team of renegade artists cut through the light pollution, as a nondescript white van stalked the corner of 47th and Fifth and peaked a boxy slide projector above the roof on an improvised platform -- the post-Occupy armored vehicle of the activist response team known as the Illuminator . Silent projections of slogans suddenly lit up the facade of Leumi Bank: "Dignity strike," "Financing Fascism," slashed lines tallying up the number of days some 1600 people on the other side of the world have gone without food. who have been refusing food since mid-April in Israeli jails, to demand the one thing they prize more than their individual survival: the dignity of their people and freedom from occupation. After Leumi, the Illuminator crew repeated the ritual at different ...
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Hunger In Rural America Is Less Visible, But Just As Pressing 12.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When it comes to hunger in America, there’s both good and bad news. The good news is that the percentage of Americans living in “ food insecure ” households — meaning their eating patterns are disrupted or their food intake is reduced — appears to be on the decline, according to anti-hunger advocacy group Feeding America’s latest  Map the Meal Gap  report. The report, released last week, estimates that 42 million Americans were food insecure in 2015, the latest year for which complete data are available. This represents 13 percent of U.S. households ― a significant decline from the 17 percent peak following the Great Recession in 2009. The bad news is that those 42 million food-insecure Americans need more money to put food on the table than they did before. The amount of money their households need for food has grown 3 percent over the past year — and 13 percent since 2008, the report estimates. While hunger is sometimes painted as a primarily urban problem, Feeding America’s research shows that rural ...
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Senior Hunger Hits Historic Highs As Trump Threatens To Cut Services 4.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The number of seniors struggling with hunger has hit record highs in the United States – and is expected to climb. At the same time, President Donald Trump is threatening to cut funding for critical services that help sustain this demographic. One in 11 seniors in America faces hunger, and that figure is expected to double over the next decade, according to Feeding America, a national food bank network. Advocacy groups are stressing this stat to create a sense of urgency at the start of Older Americans Month , which takes place during May. Their warnings come in the wake of Trump’s preliminary budget outline, released in March, which proposed cutting federal funding for several anti-poverty programs. That included eliminating a Department of Health and Human Services program that doles out grants to a number of initiatives, including some of the network groups within Meals on Wheels, a national initiative that represents 5,000 home-meal delivery organizations. And while the precise details of how Trump’s ...
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New peer-to-peer seed sharing platform aims to facilitate a diverse seed supply 3.5.2017 TreeHugger
The Center for Food Safety's recently launched network is a bid to preserve global plant biodiversity and work toward food security around the globe.
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Most Americans Don't Want People To Buy Soda And Candy With Food Stamps 27.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It should come as no surprise that Americans hold strong opinions about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program , colloquially known as “food stamps.” But there appears to be more of a bipartisan consensus on the matter than heated rhetoric on the matter might suggest. According to a study released Wednesday by the Voice of the People , a nonpartisan polling group, and conducted by University of Maryland researchers, an overwhelming majority of American voters of both parties favor restricting SNAP benefits from being used to buy soda and candy, as well as incentivizing fruit and vegetable purchases and increasing the overall amount of SNAP benefits available. The study found that of the 7,000 voters polled, 76 percent of respondents agreed that SNAP benefits should not be used to buy candy. For Republican respondents 85 percent approved of banning the sweets, while 68 percent of Democrat respondents agreed. Poll respondents expressed a similar level of support — 73 percent — for banning SNAP ...
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Trump: The Hunger President 22.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
“One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” The quote comes from Stalin. The policy comes from Donald Trump. Trump famously changed his policy on Syria after seeing photographs of a couple Syrian children killed by a chemical attack. It didn’t matter that the Syrian government had already killed thousands of children . In targeting the Assad regime, Trump was moved by the tragedy, not the statistic. When it comes to world hunger, Trump’s resistance to statistics is even more appalling. There are now 1.4 million children at risk of dying from famine. No one apparently has shown Donald Trump, or his daughter Ivanka, any photos of these at-risk children. So, the U.S. president is comfortably ignoring this statistic. Because of a combination of weather conditions and military conflict — the two horsemen of the 21st century apocalypse — 20 million people are on the verge of starvation in four countries: Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria. It’s the worst humanitarian crisis since World War ...
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Can’t resist salty snacks? Beware! It increases hunger, reduces thirst 18.4.2017 Health – The Indian Express
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Hunger Strikers at UN Headquarters Call for End to Yemen War 13.4.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Peace activists are holding a week-long vigil and hunger strike at United Nations headquarters in New York City to demand an end to the U.S.-backed, Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen and humanitarian aid for the country's starving population.

The hunger strike and vigil, organized by Creative Voices for NonViolence, the New York Catholic Worker community, the Upstate Coalition to End the Wars and Ground the Drones, Friends of Franz and Ben, and CodePink, will also include a demonstration at the White House Thursday.

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Aid Workers In 4 Countries Facing Famine Warn Trump's Cuts Could Cost Lives 12.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
There are now 20 million people on the brink of starvation across four countries grappling with extreme food shortages and conflict. But as the world suffers one of its most severe humanitarian crises in decades, President Donald Trump is threatening to drastically reduce foreign aid as part of his administration’s “America first” budget.  Trump’s proposed cuts come at a time when aid organizations say that more funding is desperately needed to save millions from dying. United Nations officials declared the world’s first famine in six years in parts of South Sudan in February and now fear that Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen are edging toward similar preventable crises. “Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people [in these countries] will simply starve to death,” U.N. humanitarian coordinator Stephen O’Brien warned in March. Days later, Trump unveiled the blueprint for his 2018 budget, which seeks “deep cuts” to humanitarian initiatives abroad.  The defunding of some U.S. foreign aid programs ...
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Forget food deserts. We need to talk about food mirages. 11.4.2017 TreeHugger
Conversations about food security need to go beyond physical access to include affordability.
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What We Get Wrong When We Talk About Food Stamps And Immigrants 29.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Food banks across the country have been noticing a trend since President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January. In recent weeks, outlets including the Washington Post , The Nation and NPR  have reported that outreach workers and enrollment assistants who help eligible immigrants enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program , or SNAP, say immigrants are canceling their benefits because they fear their participation could flag them for deportation. Such fears appear to stem primarily from a leaked draft of an executive order  saying immigrants living in the United States could be deported if it is determined they rely on some form of public assistance — like food stamps. It is important to note, however, that no law has changed — and the official guidance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency that oversees SNAP, remains that there are no immigration consequences linked with participation in the program. Still, that hasn’t stopped some conservatives from applauding the news. One ...
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