Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Readers Discuss the Effects of SNAP Cuts

    On Friday, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP) absorbed a major revenue cut, impacting thousands of people who can't afford enough food across the metro area and state. The benefit loss axes "about $319 in groceries per year--or $29 per month--from each family of three depending ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    How's Living On $4.32 A Day? Mayor Cory Booker Finds Out

    A few weeks back, we reported on a quick back-and-forth between the Newark chief and a follower on Twitter over governmental responsibility. It resulted in a challenge: for a week or more straight, the two would live on a SNAP budget - SNAP being the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or bett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: Can Weed Help You Get Food Stamps?

    In Oregon, some medical marijuana users can deduct the cost of prescription pot from their income to qualify for food stamps, according to The Associated Press. How does this work?

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    State Sen. Daniel Squadron, Assemblyman Keith Wright: End Food Stamp Fingerprinting

    Only two places in America still require fingerprints from food stamp recipients: Arizona and New York City. While this isn't too surprising from a state that practically had a ban on controversial Mexican-American books in one school district (no, really), it's a bit odd to see something like thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    USDA Shutters Hundreds of Outposts

    The agency that helps farmers and ranchers -- and basically just makes sure that the country's food production goes smoothly and that Americans are fed -- is shutting down hundreds of regional offices to save money, the Associated Press reports.

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Food Stamp Spending Surges at City Greenmarkets

    More and more food stamps are getting spent at the city's farmers' markets -- and on healthy items such as fresh produce -- according to an exclusive report by NY1.

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Marcus Samuelsson Talks Urban Farming

    ​Marcus Samuelsson has recently penned an op-ed for the Huffington Post, in which he implores readers to think deeply about food policy during the upcoming elections.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Millionaires on Food Stamps?

    ​A new GOP-backed bill would prevent super-rich people from getting food stamps, even though they already can't, The New York Times reports.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Cops: Food Stamps Traded for Blow and Cash

    Not a positive idea. ​So you can't use food stamps to go to Hawaii -- but you might be able to feed your cocaine habit with them. Cops in Lynn, Mass. -- a Boston suburb -- say eight people used Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP) benefits for coke and cash, according to the Bosto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Report: Food Stamps Boost Economy

    ​About one third of the people who can get food stamps do not, meaning many U.S. states have lost out on a steady source of cash, Bloomberg reports. According to the news service, people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, spend about $64 billion per year.

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Food Banks Cut Help to Needy Families

    ​While some politicians think that poor people use food stamps for trips to Hawaii and that the program should be limited, aid for hungry Americans keeps dwindling.

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Newt Gingrich: Obama Is the "Finest Food Stamp" President

    ​Newt Gingrich thinks Barack Obama is a bad president -- for helping more poor Americans eat. Thing is, Obama isn't exactly responsible for recent, record-setting numbers of food-stamp beneficiaries. Gingrich, who wants to run on the Republican ticket in the 2012 presidential election, has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    AP: Mom Kills Self, Shoots Kids, Over Food Stamps​A Texas woman who was denied food stamps fatally shot herself and severely wounded her two children in a state welfare office Tuesday, The Associated Press reports.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Newt Gingrich: Pay for Your Next Vacation with Food Stamps

    If you are too poor to buy food but have always dreamed of visiting the South Pacific, don't worry: You can pay for your groceries -- and your next Hawaiian vacation -- with food stamps. Actually, that's not true -- not even close to being true -- but Newt Gingrich, who wants to rep the GOP in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    More Vets Seek Food Stamps

    ​What better way to start your day than with sobering news? Turns out, the downturn economy hasn't just prompted more everyday Americans to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- formerly known as food stamps.

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Bloomberg's Soda Ban: It Depends What You Mean By "Improve"

    ​In this corner: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grant New York City a two-year waiver to ban the purchase of soda with food-stamp cards, saying it's a matter of public health. In the far corner: Joel Berg, New York Coalition Against Hunger director ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2007

    More Working New Yorkers Go Hungry: Study

    Photo by Aoife City Womanchile via Flickr About 1.3 million New Yorkers rely soup kitchens, food pantries, and other emergency food programs to get by, according to a report released Thursday by the Food Bank for New York City. That's 300,000 more New Yorkers who rely on food program to make end ... More >>

  • News

    September 19, 2000

    Saving the Safety Net

    Advocates Mobilize to Revamp Federal Welfare Law