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USDA: Food stamps will be funded through February 9.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The USDA said it can fund SNAP through February thanks to the short-term funding bill that ran out on Dec. 22.
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Native American tribes win big in the new farm bill 26.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A coordinated lobbying effort resulted in dozens of provisions increasing tribal authority over food and nutrition programs.
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A season's greeting from the Trump administration: New work requirements for food stamps 25.12.2018 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

To the editor: Bravo to The Times for a straightforward explanation of the Draconian efforts of the Trump administration to limit the use of food stamps by a segment of the population who may need them to eat.

It harks back to the season’s Ebenezer Scrooge, who denied help to the needy, preferring...

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Sidestepping Congress, Trump administration proposes more work rules for food stamps 20.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Agriculture Department wants to limit states' ability to apply for exemption waivers. It wants more able-bodied people to work in exchange for federal food benefits.
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Trump May Have Found Yet Another Way To Kick Poor Families Off Food Stamps 19.12.2018 Mother Jones
The farm bill—once-every-five-years mega-legislation that shapes US agriculture and hunger policy—finally sits on President Donald Trump’s desk, after recently passing through the lame-duck Congress. It’s missing something the president and Republicans in the US House really, really wanted: ramped-up work requirements for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps), the biggest […]
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House Passes Farm Bill, Sends It to President Trump's Desk for Signature 13.12.2018 Wall St. Journal: Policy
The House of Representatives passed a five-year farm bill Wednesday, sending the critical agriculture package to President Trump’s desk after the Senate overwhelmingly passed the legislation earlier this week.
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Work Requirements in Farm Bill Are Off the Table 12.12.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Seth Wenig A supermarket displays stickers indicating they accept food stamps in West New York, New Jersey.  This week, the House and Senate finally came to an agreement on the farm bill, the legislation that authorizes farm subsidies as well as nutrition programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.  While the previous bill had expired in September, lawmakers came to an impasse over whether to sharply limit food stamp eligibility. In a victory for low-income Americans, the final version contained no such provision.  Passing the farm bill, generally a bipartisan endeavor, had hit roadblocks as House Republicans attempted to attach stringent work requirements to SNAP that would have threatened benefits for more than  two million  low-income people. The Senate version contained no such requirements. The conference committee charged with resolving the two versions  released  the compromise bill on Monday—and work requirements were not included, ...
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Who Gets to Tell Stories About Poverty? 15.11.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  It should not be all that difficult to report on economic inequality. It’s a fixture, after all, of modern American life. And yet, the journalism industry, charged with analyzing and conveying news of wage stagnation, persistent poverty, and downward mobility, has itself crumbled alongside much of the middle class. Over the past several decades, more and more journalists have been laid off, while the rates paid freelancers have fallen, too. As the chasm of inequality has only continued to grow, the very journalists who cover it have not always been able to escape it. In 2012, when the country was still reeling from the economic recession and when reporting about inequality was needed perhaps more than ever, author Barbara Ehrenreich started the Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP). The idea was to change the media landscape, and support reporters—by then, many low-income and working-class ...
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Food stamps for soda: Time to end billion-dollar subsidy for sugary drinks? 29.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
SNAP provides nutrition assistance for about 42 million Americans, but critics say now is the time to restructure the $70 billion annual program in a way that promotes healthier food choices.
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Private Equity Pillage: Grocery Stores and Workers At Risk 26.10.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  Since 2015 seven major grocery chains, employing more than 125,000 workers, have filed for bankruptcy. The media has blamed “disruptors”—low-cost competitors like Walmart and high-end markets like Whole Foods, now owned by Amazon. But the real disruptors in this industry are the private equity owners who were behind all seven bankruptcies. They have extracted millions from grocery stores in the last five years—funds that could have been used to upgrade stores, enhance products and services, and invest in employee training and higher wages. As with the bankruptcies of common household names like Toys “R” Us, private equity owners throw companies they own into unsustainable debt in order to capture high returns for themselves and their investors. If the company they have starved of resources goes broke, they’ve already made their bundle. This is all perfectly legal. It should not be. The bankrupted private ...
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'Public charge' rule blamed for 'chilling effect' among immigrants 24.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
People are reportedly going without benefits that they or their children need for fear of hurting their immigration status.
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U.S. Farm Sector Braces For Protracted Trade Fight 28.9.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
CEO Ken Sullivan said a resolution to the standoffs that have resulted in retaliatory tariffs from China and Mexico isn’t occurring quickly enough.
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Mayor Jim Kenney: Solving Philly's poverty issues takes consistent, relentless effort | Opinion 19.9.2018 Philly.com News
We must be mindful however, that there is no single solution, and that results of our work may take years, even decades to fully materialize.
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How your neighborhood can impact your life expectancy in Philadelphia 19.9.2018 Philly.com News
Today in Philadelphia, someone living in Society Hill is expected to live approximately 88 years, while someone living in a North Philadelphia neighborhood is expected to live only 68 years, according to a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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Around the country, incomes are rising. In Philly, they're falling. 13.9.2018 Philly.com News
Philadelphia continues to be encumbered by its reputation of having the highest rate of poverty among the 10 most-populous U.S. cities, as well as the highest rate of deep poverty, a measure of people living at 50 percent of the poverty line or less.
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UCare offering discounts on healthy foods to some members 12.9.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
UCare said it will begin offering its 30,000 non-group health plan members hundreds of dollars in healthy food discounts this month.
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News on hunger, deprivation set to come during 'Poverty Week' 10.9.2018 Philly.com News
Perhaps more than any other single time during the year, early September is when America takes stock of its poorest citizens.
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Trump Launches Aggressive Poverty Disinformation Campaign 10.9.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana Demonstrators march outside the U.S. Capitol during the Poor People's Campaign rally at the National Mall in Washington Just how many Americans are poor? The Trump administration wants you to believe that just 3 percent of the U.S. population is poor. The Council of Economic Advisers made that claim in a  little-noticed report  published earlier this summer, as part of a coordinated effort to justify harsh new restrictions on government assistance programs. This bad-faith estimate emerged more from a desire to hurt the poor than to engage in honest policymaking on the issue of poverty. In March, the Congressional Budget Office found that  nearly half of social safety net payments  are going to people that the federal government once considered "middle class." Think about that: At a time when even the middle class is starting to look poor, the administration argues that not even the poor are poor so that federal officials can move to cut programs that both groups now rely on to ...
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Trump Administration moves to penalize immigrants for using government benefits 20.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The idea has already sparked warnings about consequences for immigrants and the nation's health care system.
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Anti-poverty crusaders fight to cut taxes for mobile-home owners 11.8.2018 Philly.com News
Low-income people who live in mobile homes in the Honey Brook area have been getting extra help that could allow them to stop over-paying property taxes.
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