food stamps

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

Massive Farm Bill Passes After 3-Year Fight

Foods stamps cut, but by far less than Republicans wanted

(Newser) - Congress has given its final approval to a sweeping five-year farm bill that provides food for the needy and subsidies for farmers. Ending years of political battles, the Senate today sent the measure to President Obama for his signature with a 68-32 vote. The bill provides a financial cushion for... More »

$1T Farm Bill Slashes Subsidies, Food Stamps

Bipartisan measure is 2 years overdue

(Newser) - In another outburst of things actually getting done on Capitol Hill, House and Senate negotiators have rolled out a bipartisan farm bill—only two years overdue. The nearly $1 trillion, five-year bill cuts federal spending by around $23 billion, including about $8 billion from the food stamp program.
  • The bill
... More »

Forbes Writer to Daily Show: 'Food Stamps Are Cruel'

John Tamny: People don't like being 'reliant' on others

(Newser) - On last night's Daily Show , correspondent Jessica Williams looked into food stamps' rapidly shrinking funding. The program is dwindling exactly as it should be, according to Forbes columnist John Tamny , though maybe not for the reasons you'd think. Tamny told Williams that he thinks "food stamps are... More »

Fla. Rep. Pleads Guilty to Coke Charges

Judge gives Florida's Trey Radel a year of probation

(Newser) - Congressman Henry "Trey" Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession today, but will avoid jail time. A DC Superior Court judge sentenced the freshman Republican from Florida to one year of probation, and ordered him to receive drug treatment in his home state, the Washington Post reports. Radel had already... More »

Food Stamp Cuts Hit, Bring Per-Meal Average to $1.40

One in 7 are on the supplemental nutrition assistance program

(Newser) - The moment food banks across the country have been bracing for is here: Today, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program loses $5 billion in funding. The cuts will hit across the board, affecting all 47 million people—about 1 in 7 Americans and counting —who receive assistance, dropping the maximum... More »

Frenzied Shoppers Empty Walmarts After Food Stamp Glitch

Company decided to allow purchases despite card error

(Newser) - Thanks to a much-publicized glitch that shut down food stamp programs in 17 states this weekend , food-stamp debit cards stopped showing spending limits in some areas—and Louisiana Walmart shoppers wasted no time in cashing in on the situation. They raided store shelves at two different locations, causing such a... More »

Glitch Torpedoes Food Stamps in 17 States

Xerox said it had restored service by last night

(Newser) - You might think that the nation's food stamps program finds its biggest threat in the House of Representatives , but yesterday it was an innocent test of a backup system that felled the system in 17 states, including Ohio and Michigan. The system failure that began yesterday morning took out... More »

House Slashes Money for Food Stamps

Bill would cut $40 billion over a decade, setting up fight in Senate

(Newser) - House Republicans have laid down their marker in the fight over the nation's food-stamp program: They passed a bill tonight that would slash nearly $40 billion over 10 years, arguing that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is bloated and too-easily abused, reports the Hill . The vote was close, 217-210,... More »

Panera CEO Is Eating on $4.50 a Day for a Week

Ron Shaich says he can't stop thinking about food

(Newser) - Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich is very hungry. "I can't stop thinking about food," he wrote on his LinkedIn blog yesterday. That's because he was on day 4 of a weeklong challenge to eat on just $4.50 per day. He's doing it to raise... More »

House OKs Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps

Republicans split them, will tackle food stamp cuts later

(Newser) - The House today passed a scaled-down version of a massive farm bill, putting off a fight over food stamp spending and giving Republican leaders a victory after a decisive defeat on the larger bill last month. GOP leaders scrambled to get the bill to the floor and gather enough votes... More »

South Carolina Budget May Limit ... Junk Food

It's a slap at Gov. Haley's push to restrict what food stamps can buy

(Newser) - Lawmakers in South Carolina are trying to keep junk food out of the governor's mansion. State senators inserted a clause in the 2013-14 budget plan that would bar Gov. Nikki Haley's office from buying junk food with public money, whether for employee treats or entertaining. The move was... More »

Nonprofit Offers Food Stamps—for Your Dog

Gives those on government aid free pet food

(Newser) - The rough economy takes a toll on everyone—including the furrier members of our families. But a nonprofit is aiming to ease the financial burden on pet owners by providing free pet food to people on food stamps, writes Al Lewis in the Wall Street Journal . The privately funded group,... More »

Food Stamps Shouldn't Pay for Junk Food

Congress needs to change the rules: Charles Lane

(Newser) - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, you'll notice, has the word "nutrition" in the title. So why is it that SNAP debit cards, aka food stamps, can be used to purchase such decidedly non-nutritious items as Cheetos and Fanta orange soda? The Agriculture Department itself states, on its website,... More »

No More Sodas for Food Stamps

Government is subsidizing obesity: Mark Bittman

(Newser) - It's time to stop letting people buy soda and other sugary garbage with food stamps, writes Mark Bittman in the New York Times . At the same time, the government can encourage healthier food choices by increasing the value of the stamps when used to buy fruits and veggies. The... More »

Cory Booker's Food Stamp Regret: I Didn't Buy Eggs

Newark mayor thinks he should have clipped coupons, too

(Newser) - Cory Booker began his food stamp challenge yesterday, showing off his decidedly modest grocery haul for the week to the New Jersey Star-Ledger . The vegetarian mayor spent $29.78 on an assortment that included 17 cans of beans, seven yams, two bags of frozen vegetables, and two apples. "If... More »

Cory Booker to Live Off Food Stamps

Takes on week-long challenge after Twitter debate

(Newser) - In the latest adventures of Cory Booker, the Newark mayor—who tends to be at the center of the action —is set to undergo a food-stamp challenge. After a Twitter user told him that "nutrition is not the responsibility of the government," their back-and-forth resulted in a... More »

Lotto Winner Who Stayed on Food Stamps Dies

Drug overdose suspected in death of Amanda Clayton

(Newser) - Amanda Clayton, the Michigan woman who inspired mass derision and a fraud conviction for continuing to take public assistance after winning $1 million on a state lottery-run game show, has died. She was found dead yesterday, reports the Free Press, and a drug overdose is suspected. No further details on... More »

Senate Clears Huge Farm Policy Overhaul

Sens. Debbie Stabenow, Pat Roberts lead bipartisan effort

(Newser) - The Senate approved a historic farm bill today that eliminates all cash payments to producers, but invests massively in food stamps and crop insurance, Politico reports. The overall bill: $1 trillion over 10 years, which means $24 billion in savings, the New York Times says. The bill was forged by... More »

More People With PhDs Going on Food Stamps

Number of advanced degree holders on public assistance doubles

(Newser) - Melissa Bruninga Matteau has a PhD in medieval history, and a job as an adjunct professor, but she's still relying on food stamps and Medicaid to get by. "I am not a welfare queen," she tells the Chronicle of Higher Education . But with take home pay of... More »

Food Stamp Use: Up 70% Since 2007, and Growing

Improving economy will limit recipients after that, says CBO report

(Newser) - We earlier reported that 45 million Americans are currently on food stamps, and a new report out of the Congressional Budget Office puts that number in perspective: The number of food stamp users has jumped 70% since 2007, and shows no signs of stopping. The CBO expects it to rise... More »

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

AROUND THE WEB


NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   MSN Living   |   PopSugar Tech   |   RealClear   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   Biography   |   Barstool Sports   |   OK!