The Nation

on Dec 6, 2013 - 00:43 AM ET
Senator Debbie Stabenow

On the same day that President Obama eloquently described his vision of an economy defined by economic mobility and opportunity for all, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow was busy cutting a deal with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas to slice another $8 to $9 billion from food stamps (SNAP), according to a source...

on Nov 25, 2013 - 10:43 AM ET
Girl food insecurity

I get it, we need to play defense.

There are 50 million people who are food insecure—meaning they can’t meet their basic food needs and don’t necessarily know where their next meal is coming from—and yet both Democrats and Republicans are debating how much more to cut from a food stamp program that was already cut on November 1 and now has an average benefit of only $1.40 per meal…

We need to play defense.

At a...

Activism, Public Policy, Poverty
on Nov 19, 2013 - 10:21 AM ET
SNAP meeting

Nia Timmons was stressed.

A mother of three, she works full-time as an assistant teacher at a pre-K program in Camden, New Jersey where she earns $12 per hour. By the second week of November, she still hadn’t received her family’s food stamp (SNAP) benefits and she didn’t know why. She thought it might be due to the SNAP cut on November 1 that hit 48 million people...

on Nov 11, 2013 - 11:56 AM ET
A still from ‘The New Public’

This post is co-written with Elaine Weiss.

The negative impact of poverty on a child’s educational achievement is indisputable. Whether the metric is school grades, state assessments, the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the SAT—the scores of low-income children are far lower than those of their wealthier peers. The reasons for that gap—and...

Education, Film, Poverty
on Nov 4, 2013 - 12:07 PM ET
Food Assistance Chicago

The Half in Ten campaign—launched in 2007 by the Center for American Progress, Coalition on Human Needs and Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights—set an ambitious goal: to cut poverty in half over ten years. Today, it seems almost fantastical on the...

Labor, Activism, Public Policy, Poverty
on Oct 28, 2013 - 23:45 PM ET
Senior citizens

The Older Americans Act (OAA) is one of the most important pieces of legislation that you probably never heard of or at least know very little about. You know Meals on Wheels? The OAA funds it, and also essential services for seniors like job training, caregiver support, transportation, preventive health services, and protection from abuse and financial exploitation.

This Wednesday, Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, along with Republican Senator Lamar Alexander...

Public Policy, Senate, Poverty