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Food banks respond to hunger needs in rural America 27.7.2017 Environmental News Network
Many images of rural America are food-related—a freshly-baked apple pie cooling on the windowsill, a roadside produce stand brimming with sweet corn and tomatoes, or a Norman Rockwell print showing a family sitting down to dinner. But the reality is that many people in rural America face hunger and don’t always know where their next meal is coming from.
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Four Charts That Show Who Loses Out if the White House Cuts Food Stamps 24.7.2017 Truthout.com
The White House has proposed cutting 25 percent of SNAP's budget -- about US $193 billion -- over the next decade. SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, though it's more widely known by its pre-2008 name, food stamps. This program helps about 44 million people per month buy food. Last year, the government spent $71 billion in total on the program. Shelves of canned foods sit partially empty at the SF-Marin Food Bank on May 1, 2014, in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Choose media with integrity: Support the independent journalism at Truthout by making a tax-deductible donation now! The White House has proposed cutting 25 percent of SNAP's budget -- about US $193 billion -- over the next decade. SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, though it's more widely known by its pre-2008 name, food stamps. This program helps about 44 million people per month buy food. Last year, the government spent $71 billion in total on the program. SNAP ...
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Steve King's Food Stamp Cut Sounds Insane. It's Actually Trump's Agenda. 14.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Trump's budget would cut food stamps to pay for military spending and a border wall.
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Food Stamp 'Work Requirements' Are Kind Of A Sham 13.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A closer look at the supposed success of work requirements in Kansas and Maine.
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The World Is Facing Its Worst Food Crisis Since World War II 6.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
World hunger has increased, reversing years of progress, said a UN specialized agency. During its biennial conference held in Rome, Italy from 3-8 July, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) noted that the world is facing its worst food crisis since World War II. "I wish I could announce here today some good news regarding the global fight against hunger…but, unfortunately, it is not the case,"  said  FAO's Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva to member states at the opening of the meeting. FAO has identified 19 countries facing severe food crises due to a combination of conflict and climate change including South Sudan, Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen where nearly 20 million are affected. Though South Sudan recently declared that it no longer has areas in famine, millions are still on the brink of starvation as violence and insecurity ensues. In fact, almost 60 percent of hungry people around the world live in areas affected by conflicts and climate change. With no relief to be seen, many ...
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Food Stamps Are Holding Up The Republican Agenda 1.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The GOP is having a nasty family feud over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
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"Welfare Reform" Is Pushing Women Into Unwaged Work -- It's Time to Change That 29.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Welfare reform did great damage to the lives of poor people, especially women and children, who make up 75 percent of the US's impoverished. The RISE Out of Poverty Act attempts to correct some of welfare reform's worst consequences, such as forcing women into unpaid work, say Rev. Annie Chambers of Baltimore, Rachel West of US Prostitutes Collective and Pat Gowens of Welfare Warriors, Milwaukee. Rev. Annie Chambers speaks at the International Women's Day Gathering Rally in Baltimore, Maryland, March 8, 2017. (Photo: Elvert Barnes ) Since election night 2016, the streets of the US have rung with resistance. People all over the country have woken up with the conviction that they must do something to fight inequality in all its forms. But many are wondering what it is they can do. In this ongoing "Interviews for Resistance" series, experienced organizers, troublemakers and thinkers share their insights on what works, what doesn't, what has changed and what is still the same. Today's interview is the 51st ...
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Dear USDA: Stop squeezing the food industry with outdated subsidies 29.6.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Food and farm facts to chew on.
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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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Across the aisle: That sinking feeling — 3 21.5.2017 Columns – The Indian Express
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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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