Posts tagged "supplemental nutrition assistance program"

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 »

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 »

Race, poverty and politics: $175M settlement with Wells Fargo; Cook County seeks more humane bond court; "hot-spot" buildings demolished; deep SNAP cuts may be coming

It’s been five years since The Chicago Reporter first uncovered the discriminatory lending practices that targeted Chicago’s African American and Latino neighborhoods. This week, the federal Department of Justice and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan reached a $175 million settlement with one of the offending lenders, Wells Fargo. Meanwhile, African-American communities were disproportionately hurt by... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

Illinois House bill aims to end food stamp trafficking. But does the problem really exist?

This week, the Illinois House Human Services Committee approved a bill to “get tough” on food stamp recipients. How? Rep. Chapin Rose proposed a bill that would to try and ensure that people can’t sell their food stamps for money. If his bill passes, every LINK card–the state debit card that food stamp recipients use... Read more »
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