Posts tagged "food stamps"

SNAP Challenge week points up the politics around food

SNAP Challenge week points up the politics around food
Last week, The Chicago Reporter team looked at the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. I took on the SNAP Challenge, trying to eat for one week on the SNAP allotment for an individual—in Illinois that comes to $35 a week, or just $5 a day. The experience was excruciating,... Read more »

One man's story of struggling, surviving on SNAP

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Thad Smith manages 26 hives in the backyard of a repurposed home on West Flournoy Street in Chicago’s West Side. Every day, he opens the hives up to check on the thousand or so bees. “This hive is always a little hostile,” the 47-year-old said while carefully lifting the lid off one wooden box. “You... Read more »

Shopping on a SNAP budget takes time, energy

Shopping on a SNAP budget takes time, energy
I can’t really cook, but I can broil a mean salmon filet. So on the rare nights when I dine at home, it’s off to my neighborhood Whole Foods Market for fresh salmon. Add some leafy arugula for a big salad. But the $15 a pound for the fish, and $4 a box for the... Read more »
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Challenge for some, way of life for millions: Eating on $5 a day

He had just finished his toast when I dropped it on him. “Next week, I’m doing the SNAP Challenge!” I announced Friday morning over breakfast. The husband blinked. He hadn’t had his coffee yet. “The what?” The SNAP Challenge. SNAP, I explained, stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. This... Read more »

Food and justice: Taking up the SNAP Challenge

Food and justice: Taking up the SNAP Challenge
Food isn’t exactly the topic you’d expect to read about here. But more than you may think, it fits in with everything we cover at The Chicago Reporter. It’s an economic, it’s a justice and it’s certainly a social issue—all which we doggedly examine here. This week, food is much on your minds as we... Read more »

With ‘unbelievably bad’ food stamps proposal, U.S. Senate further criminalizes poor

With ‘unbelievably bad’ food stamps proposal, U.S. Senate further criminalizes poor
Anyone convicted of murder, rape or pedophilia is looking at being cut off from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for life under an amendment to the U.S. Senate’s version of the 2013 Farm Bill–even if they’ve served their time. And by doing so, the amendment would also impact the nutritional assistance received by the families... Read more »
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Illinois may have more poor folks than we think

Illinois may have more poor folks than we think
How many poor people are there in Illinois? It depends on how you count. Illinois is one of 14 states where a new way of measuring poverty reveals that more of our residents are poor. The Census Bureau recently put out a report (pdf) on the Supplemental Poverty Measure, a new way of calculating the... Read more »

Can we trust poor families with a lump sum of cash?

Can we trust poor families with a lump sum of cash?
I ran across this interesting article in The Globe and Mail: It’s about a new idea in social policy that’s had some success in other countries: giving the poor a lump sum of cash as support and trusting them to do what they like with it, rather than making them jump through hoops in social... Read more »

Race and poverty round-up: income inequality in the State of the Union, paid protest and food stamps

What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly. In President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union before the November elections, he called rising income inequality “the defining issue of our time.” Two people say they were paid to protest in support of the contentious school closings on the city’s... Read more »
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Food calculator shows food spending takes bigger bites out of poor people's income than the rich's

If you were to add up the money you spend on cereal, juice, bread, vegetables, coffee and the occasional late-night fast-food binge, how much would it cost? And how would you compare to other people in your income bracket or age group? Mother Jones’  food calculator allows you to tally what you spend and compare... Read more »