February 25, 1995 |
Under pressure from farm-state Republicans, House leaders yesterday abandoned a campaign promise to disband the food-stamp program that helps 27 million Americans buy groceries. The decision to preserve food stamps as a federal program comes a day after a House committee voted to repeal several other federal nutrition programs, including school lunches, and return the money to the states in block grants. Farm-state Republicans fought hard to keep food stamps, a $27 billion program that serves 11 million households, at the federal level.
February 24, 1995 |
Key House Republicans are cracking the GOP's solid front and resisting plans to transfer the food-stamp program to the states, saying the federal government can run it most efficiently. The uprising within the Agriculture Committee is not sitting well with House Republican leaders, who so far have refused to back off from their Contract With America pledge to create block grants for federal food programs. At $26 billion a year, food stamps are the largest federal nutrition program, aiding 27 million low-income Americans, most of them children.
August 7, 2013 |
With food-stamp benefits soon to drop and the prospect of an additional $40 billion in cuts to the federal program looming, New Jersey antihunger organizations worry that the need will grow and they won't be able to meet it. Across the country, food-stamp recipients will see a decrease in benefits Nov. 1, with the expiration of an increase that went into effect in 2009 as part of the federal stimulus. In New Jersey, where 858,000 people - about one in 10 residents - receive food stamps, a family of three will likely see benefits decrease by $29 a month, according to New Jersey Policy Perspective, a liberal-leaning think-tank.
June 3, 1994 |
Federal authorities are investigating what is said to be the widespread illegal sale of food stamps in Philadelphia by recipients to brokers for dozens of mom-and-pop groceries. Sources said agents from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which pays for the food stamp program, are looking at the operations of the stores because they ultimately redeem the stamps for cash from the government. The major supermarket chains do not figure in the probe, the sources said, adding that the investigation is focused on smaller stores serving poorer neighborhoods.
May 18, 2004
SUPPORTING new supermarkets in Philadelphia's underserved neighborhoods is a worthy endeavor. The governor is making a wise investment in directing our tax dollars to these ventures, but their success will be dependent largely on sales. Start-up incentives won't keep black ink from turning to red. So how does a supermarket owner boost sales? Might an extra $200 in the pocket of every low-income shopper do the trick? And how might that happen when such shoppers work as nursing assistants, dishwashers and child-care providers?
June 27, 2013 |
Already under scrutiny for taking too long to process unemployment checks and home-energy assistance claims, Pennsylvania is also too slow in approving food-stamp applications, compelling the federal government to order the state to improve its performance. Pennsylvania ranks among the worst in the nation for getting food stamps to the needy within 30 days, as required by federal law, according to an Inquirer examination of data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the food-stamp program.
December 7, 1999
Hunger amid America's plenty seems especially sad in the holiday season. While most folks shop, party and feast from now till New Year's, an estimated 10 million Americans are hungry. Some of this suffering comes from excessive restrictions on food stamps. Some changes in the program are overdue: restoring eligibility for hundreds of thousands of legal immigrants and raising benefits in cities where rents are high. The Hunger Relief Act of 1999, sponsored by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D., Mass.
July 22, 2013 |
For the first time in 40 years, Congress has decided to give subsidies to farmers - many of them rich - while offering nothing to fund the food-stamp program that experts believe keeps poor Americans from starving. The decision last week comes after conservative Republicans in the House blocked a bill that would have slashed $20 billion from the food-stamp budget, saying the cut was too small. The antipoverty community in Philadelphia and throughout the nation is convulsed with anger.
September 22, 2011 |
Hard times are compelling 46 million Americans to use food stamps, a number up an astonishing 70 percent from four years ago. Now totaling about $65 billion a year, the recession-swelled food stamp program is drawing attention from some conservatives in Congress who wonder whether such spending should be corralled. Part of the renewed conversation involves questions over the list of items that food stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can and cannot be used to buy. Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, and tobacco are forbidden.
May 8, 2013
Instead of helping people who have fallen on hard times, Pennsylvania made it harder for them to get food stamps, and hundreds of families may be going hungry at times as a result. The state imposed an assets test to determine food-stamp eligibility a year ago. Since then, nearly 4,000 households have lost or been denied benefits after being deemed too wealthy. Another 111,000 households were rejected for failing to provide proper documentation for the test. Advocates for the poor say the assets-appraisal formula being used by the state Department of Public Welfare does more harm than good.