Posts tagged "SNAP"

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 »

Take a ride on the Green-Line to compare shopping options

Does where you live determine how far you can stretch a dollar on groceries?

Photos by Latricia Polk and Michelle Kanaar.

Restaurant worker relies on SNAP benefits to get by

Nataki Rhodes has worked in the restaurant industry for more than a decade. During those years, Rhodes has always earned the state’s minimum wage. Her paycheck isn’t enough to cover rent, utilities, school supplies and groceries for herself and her son. She relies on the $200 in food stamps she received each month to get... Read more »
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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 »

For SNAP recipients, coming policy changes could take them from bad to worse

For SNAP recipients, coming policy changes could take them from bad to worse
When more than 2 million SNAP recipients in Illinois have their Link card reloaded on Nov. 1, they may notice a difference. In particular, a difference in the amount of money on their card, which will be less. That’s because for the past four years, people depending on food assistance have been getting a temporary... Read more »

One in 6 hungry in Cook County, food stamp cuts in Senate Farm Bill could make it worse

One in 6 hungry in Cook County, food stamp cuts in Senate Farm Bill could make it worse
Most people think those who are food insecure live below or near the national poverty level of $23,550 a year for a family of four. But the demographics of Cook County residents who can’t afford enough food to have an active lifestyle or meet their health needs vary widely–and could include your neighbor. A recent... Read more »
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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 »

USDA says food stamps kept more people from going hungry

There are a lot of hungry people in America–17.2 million households that were labeled “food insecure” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, not always knowing where their next meal was coming from. A third of those went hungry at some point because they couldn’t afford enough food. Children in 386,000 families went hungry some time... Read more »

Oh, SNAP: Another victory for lobbyists and maybe obesity

Oh, SNAP: Another victory for lobbyists and maybe obesity
New York City was hoping to try something new this year: banning food stamps being allowed to buy soda. But the feds have turned them down. The U.S. Department of Agriculture decreed this week that the pilot program is “too large and complex” to even try. Two camps are claiming victory. The first group is... Read more »
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Churn, churn, churn--for those on food stamps, there's a season

Churn, churn, churn--for those on food stamps, there's a season
One in seven Americans is currently on food stamps. But from moment to moment, that one person might not be the same. That’s because food stamps–more properly known as SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–go through something called “churn.” Food stamp churn is the up-and-down nature of how many people are on food stamps at... Read more »