October 17, 2008 |
In some rare good news for poor and working-poor Pennsylvanians, the food-stamp program is improving, with fewer bureaucratic encumbrances and slightly higher benefits. The changes were highlighted with fanfare and relief yesterday at a food-stamp forum sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. Mayor Nutter opened the proceedings, saying, "All Philadelphians deserve access to affordable healthy food. The thought that some people don't have [such] access may strike some people in the city as unusual.
November 23, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Mayor Cory Booker and a Twitter follower plan to try to live on food stamps for at least a week, the mayor has announced. The idea stemmed from a back-and-forth conversation between Booker and a woman who goes by the name TwitWit and uses the handle @MWadeNC. They began talking about the idea Sunday night while discussing the role the government should play in funding school breakfast and lunch programs. Booker said Tuesday that he intended to follow through with the plan.
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?
September 20, 2013 |
The poverty rate in Philadelphia fell last year while the need for food stamps grew, a seeming paradox teased out by the widely respected American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census. What it means, experts say, is that the economy may be yielding low-wage jobs that lift some people out of poverty, but ultimately the jobs don't pay enough to feed their families. A similar pattern was repeated in Camden, where the poverty rate dipped from a startling 43 percent to 39 percent, while food-stamp need rose 12.6 percentage points between 2011 and 2012.
November 2, 2013 |
At the stroke of midnight on Halloween, food-stamp benefits were cut throughout America for the first time in history. People woke up Friday in unknown territory, having to figure how the loss of $5 billion in benefits - the equivalent of 1.9 billion meals nationwide in fiscal 2014 alone - will play out on the kitchen tables of the 47 million Americans who get food stamps. "This is nothing short of catastrophic," said Bill Clark, executive director of Philabundance, the largest hunger-relief agency in the region.
May 3, 2013 |
One year ago this week, Pennsylvania tied eligibility for food stamps to the assets people possess. Since then, nearly 4,000 households have lost or were denied benefits because they had too many financial resources, according to the Department of Public Welfare. In that same time, many more people - around 111,000 households - were denied benefits because they failed to provide proper documentation for the asset test. Advocates for the poor now say that by weeding out a relatively small number of people with too many assets, the Department of Public Welfare made getting food stamps so complicated that deserving low-income people became inundated by paperwork and lost their benefits.