November 21, 2013 In a small study, Harvard researchers found that getting food stamps didn't help low-income individuals as much as they expected. Despite their food aid, researchers say the people they surveyed weren't getting a complete, nutritious diet.
November 20, 2013 NOPRIn communities grappling with high unemployment, grocery stores serve many customers who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to get by. Some stores are estimating that their sales might fall between 5 and 10 percent now that the government has reduced the benefits.
November 17, 2013 Oregon as a local food movement hub? That's obvious. Less so is the fact that one in five state residents rely on food stamps. That's one of the surprising facts that stand out in an interactive map that tracks how cuts that went into effect on Nov. 1 are affecting the country.
October 31, 2013 Starting Friday, a family of four will receive $36 less each month in benefits from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
October 11, 2013 WGVUSome Michigan seniors may be going hungry thanks to the government shutdown. In western Kent County alone, more than 1,300 low-income seniors depend on a government surplus food program. But the USDA has announced that the program is hold until further notice.
September 19, 2013 The bill would cut funding for the program over the next 10 years and affect an estimated 4 million Americans. The measure, passed narrowly along party lines, is not expected to pass the Senate.
September 19, 2013 The region has an alarmingly high incidence of rotted teeth, and heavy soda consumption is a big reason why, dentists and health advocates say. So they're beginning to target the food stamp program to ban recipients from buying soda with their vouchers.
September 19, 2013 When Fox News featured surfer-slacker Jason Greenslate in a piece about food stamps, Republicans found an irresistible symbol of food stamp freeloading.
September 18, 2013 The measure would cut $40 billion from the federal SNAP program over 10 years. Republicans who back the cuts say they attack fraud. In reality, the vast majority of SNAP recipients either work or are children, disabled or elderly. The House is poised to take up the bill Thursday.
June 20, 2013 In the past, the House might have let the Agriculture Committee have its way. Not this year. Democrats voted overwhelmingly against the bill, in large part because it cut an estimated $2 billion each year from nutrition programs like SNAP, or food stamps.
June 14, 2013 Incentive programs that double the value of food stamp dollars spent at farmers markets have been hailed as one of the most effective ways to encourage healthful eating and support local farmers. The flaw: Most people don't shop at farmers markets. So a new program will soon pilot the concept at three grocery stores in Detroit.
December 4, 2012 The Democratic politician has taken up a challenge to live on $30 worth of food for a week. That's about what the average food stamps recipient in his state receives. It's part of a campaign to raise awareness about the struggles of low-income Americans.
September 19, 2012 The farm bill is likely to be left on the table when Congress leaves for recess, but don't panic. The nutrition and commodity programs will likely be extended after Election Day at current funding levels for a while, if the last session is any guide.
June 14, 2012 While Congress debates food stamp cuts, the government should disclose where the program's costs are going and how much retailers and banks are profiting, says a new consumer watchdog report, Food Stamps: Follow The Money.
April 17, 2012 Food stamps helped buffer effects of the economic downturn for millions of families, a new report says. The benefit was particularly strong for children.