Walmart supports an increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, i.e., food stamps) benefits, to erase the cuts Congress voted into place last fall. Does Walmart really care more about the fate of about hungry children than does Congress? Um, not really. Walmart has instead acknowledged publicly that federal cuts to food stamps are a threat to its bottom line.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday April 8, 2014 9:05 am|
|By: rykky Thursday March 6, 2014 7:20 pm|
Once again, Jon Stewart has done a superb job of showing the hypocrisy and contradictions of Fox News. One thing that he could have mentioned, however, is that junk food is the only food that food stamp recipients can afford.
|By: DSWright Wednesday February 5, 2014 6:45 am|
The Senate has passed the Farm Bill which includes $8 billion of cuts to food stamps and $7 billion of increases to agribusiness. President Obama has said he will sign it into law. Game over.
|By: DSWright Monday February 3, 2014 11:14 am|
After extensive negotiations and public shaming the House of Representatives did what it was going to do anyway and cut food stamps. So just be happy the bill only cuts food stamps by $8 billion instead of the $39 billion the Republicans initially wanted.
|By: BrandonJ Saturday January 25, 2014 4:00 pm|
There was an increase of people at emergency food programs in New York City due to the Nov. 1 Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program cuts, according to a latest research brief from the Food Bank of New York City.
As the brief mentions, this took place as the number of soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City fell by 25 percent under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg during 2007 to 2012. Meanwhile, Congress decided to let five billion dollars in SNAP benefits expire, which were extended under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, expire on Nov. 1, leaving the 47 million Americans relying on SNAP $121 (for a household of one) to $396 (for a household of four) short.
|By: msmolly Friday November 29, 2013 4:50 pm|
I hope those of us who are not struggling to feed ourselves and our families during the holidays can manage a small contribution to help those who are.
|By: DSWright Thursday November 21, 2013 6:40 am|
Florida Congressman Trey Radel is taking full responsibility for breaking the law, sort of. Radel is not resigning but taking a leave of absence which is to say he won’t be doing the job he was elected to do and will also prevent anyone else from doing it. Radel will donate his taxpayer funded salary to charity and his offices will remain open while he “seeks treatment.”
|By: DSWright Tuesday November 19, 2013 6:48 am|
One of the richest companies in the world has found a solution to help feed their struggling underpaid workers – donations from their other underpaid workers. Walmart has defended the practice as part of the “company’s culture” of charity but the question remains as to why people who are working need such charity.
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday November 18, 2013 3:01 pm|
In a country that has so much, albeit so unequally distributed, we should not have to think in terms of paying for Batkid, or paying for other kids who are hungry. And if those hungry kids could contact Make-A-Wish, most of them would ask for something to eat, not for a trip to Disney or a day-long superhero fantasy.
We can afford to feed them all. We just don’t want to.