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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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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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