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The 2018 Farm Bill's Hidden Agenda to Push Millions Off Food Stamps 18.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Truthout doesn't take corporate money and we don't shy away from confronting the root causes of injustice. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? Last August, on the first day of an eight state, two-installment RV tour to address poverty and prosperity in rural America for the upcoming farm bill, US Department of Agriculture Secretary George "Sonny" Perdue visited the Wisconsin State Fair.  Activities that morning included carnival rides and a listening session with farmers, which Perdue hosted alongside Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Afterward, Perdue, Walker and their families were in search of food. Walker quipped, "We'll probably find a few things on a stick." Perdue then set out in a Class A Hurricane Thor Motor Coach (floorplans start with an MSRP value above $100,000) to meet with young farmers at a farm he called, "a feed the hunger" type farm -- in reference to the Hunger Task Force Farm south of Milwaukee. Perdue also hosted Paul Ryan in the RV later that day. They sat ...
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How Food Stamps Are Keeping Small Farms in Business 2.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
This article was published by TalkPoverty.org. On a weekend morning, the farmers market stretches out like a long caterpillar. Customers mill about, pushing strollers and walking dogs. A band is playing something folksy. Vendors stand behind tables that are literally spilling over with winter greens and root vegetables. It's a picture-perfect image that connotes abundance and community -- if you have the cash for it. The local food movement has been criticized for catering to middle- and upper-class Americans, and for leaving behind the low-income in all of the hype for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and "know your farmer" initiatives touted in glossy food magazines. But in the last decade, food justice activists have sought to correct this, connecting low-income consumers with cooking classes, gardening workshops, children's programming, and locally grown and culturally appropriate foods. Enter Double Up Food Bucks, a program that doubles Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly ...
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"Giving Up Food So Our Children Can Eat": The Workers Using Hunger Strikes to Protest for a Living Wage 27.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
You can fuel thoughtful, authority-challenging journalism: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout. This article was published by TalkPoverty.org. As spring came to Rhode Island in 2014, Dominican hotel housekeeper Santa Brito and fellow hotel workers Ylleny Ferraris, Mirjaam Parada, and Mariano Cruz were gathering signatures for a Providence $15 wage initiative. "We had to divide up," says state representative Shelby Maldonado. "We asked: Who speaks the best Spanish? The best Creole?" Maldonado, a child of Guatemalan immigrants and a former UNITE HERE organizer, says that Rhode Island's immigrant workforce viscerally understood the issues at stake. They delivered their petitions. The city council put their living-wage initiative on the November ballot. When they convened a public hearing, a hundred hotel workers came to watch. Twenty-two registered to testify. They took time off, found babysitters, and wrote their testimonies. Then, at the last minute, the hearing was canceled. Brito ...
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Yes, Replacing Food Stamps With a Blue Apron-Style Delivery System Is as Bad as It Sounds 16.2.2018 Truthout.com
This article was published by TalkPoverty.org. This week, the Trump administration released its  fiscal year 2019 budget . For the most part, it's similar to last year's proposal: massive cuts to safety net programs, a big boost in military spending, and very  Trump-ed up estimates  of economic growth. But this year, tucked into the Department of Agriculture (USDA) subsection, the administration laid out a proposal to take away a chunk of the nutrition assistance many families rely on and replace it with a massive new food delivery program. Under the  proposal , households receiving $90 or more per month in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits -- which accounts for the  vast majority  of all of the households who currently participate in SNAP -- will receive a portion of their assistance in the form of a box of pre-selected food. According to the USDA, which would be responsible for administering the program, the box would be filled with items like pastas, peanut butter, beans, and ...
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One in Ten Amazon Workers In Ohio Uses Food Stamps To Survive 8.1.2018 CorpWatch Features
One in ten Amazon employees in Ohio needs government assistance to make ends meet, according to analysis conducted by Policy Matters Ohio, a Cleveland-based research group. This is despite the fact that, since 2014, the state has given Amazon over $125 million in subsidies to expand.
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World Hunger Is Increasing Thanks to Wars and Climate Change 22.10.2017 Truthout.com
Truthout is a nonprofit media organization that survives on a no-frills budget, provided almost entirely by donations from readers like you. Want to make a difference? Make a donation today! Around the globe, about 815 million people -- 11 percent of the world's population -- went hungry in 2016, according to the latest data from the United Nations. This was the first increase in more than 15 years. Between 1990 and 2015, due largely to a set of sweeping initiatives by the global community, the proportion of undernourished people in the world was cut in half. In 2015, UN member countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals , which doubled down on this success by setting out to end hunger entirely by 2030. But a recent UN report shows that, after years of decline, hunger is on the rise again. As evidenced by nonstop news coverage of floods, fires, refugees and violence, our planet has become a more unstable and less predictable place over the past few years. As these disasters compete for our ...
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Study Shows Kids' Test Scores Drop When Their Food Stamps Run Out 3.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. Last month, researchers released a  new study  that confirms what every student, teacher, parent, and human being with a stomach already knew: It's harder to think when you're hungry. The study's authors matched up the timing of math tests in South Carolina to the dates when low-income students' families received monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). They found that kids' test scores dropped at times of the month when nutrition benefits had run out. Put another way, access to SNAP substantially improves students' academic performance -- but only when there are actually enough benefits for families to be able to eat. Running out of SNAP benefits isn't an anomaly -- nearly  half  of participating families run out before the end of the month. That means many students who receive SNAP see their academic performance dip every single month, and then ...
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Brazil's junk food culture is driven by big business 18.9.2017 TreeHugger
A relentless sweet tooth, naïveté, and sneaky marketing are conspiring to create a health disaster in every corner of this country.
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How Food Stamps Help Disaster Victims 8.9.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Extra nutrition benefits are an overlooked staple of the government's disaster response.
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Trump's Proposed After-School Cuts Could Lead to More Hungry Kids, Lower Test Scores 21.8.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Greenville, Mississippi—In March, President Trump revealed his "skinny budget," a rough sketch of the nascent administration's fiscal priorities and objectives that included deep cuts to education and nutrition programs. Budget chief Mick Mulvaney defended the move. "[The programs] are supposed to help kids who don't get fed at home so they do better in school," Mulvaney said at a press conference on the day of the announcement . "Guess what? There's no demonstrable evidence they're actually doing that. There's no demonstrable evidence they're actually helping results, helping kids do better in school." In Greenville, Mississippi, a town on the Blues Highway in the Mississippi Delta where every public school student receives free breakfast and lunch, Joan Rowe, director of the local Boys and Girls Club, heard that comment and immediately thought: "They should come down here." Rowe and her colleagues across the Delta are watching with keen attention as the federal government aims to slash vital programs ...
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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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