The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp program, provides support to low-income people in the United States by supplementing their income specifically to purchase food. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), though benefits are distributed by each U.S. state's Division of Social Services or Children and Family Services.

Deep Cuts That Save Dollars Make No Sense

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Nick Cano: We do not have enough such leaders right now. Instead, we have zombie leaders. They shuffle through the halls of the Capitol, mumbling their “Cut-Cut” mantra and legislating misery, and they are dead inside in all the ways that mark a person as human, humane or humble.

Working Families Need a Better May Revise

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Ashley Thomas: A strong safety net means that families have support during times of crisis, and many California families have experienced a financial crisis lasting eight years. The Governor needs to reinvest in social services and provide a strong safety net to vulnerable families.

Deservingness

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Loafers and Food Stamps — Maybe we care because able-bodied people who choose not to work and take food stamps are ripping off the rest us.

Fast-Food Inc.’s Supersized Subsidies

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Brad Wong: These days, many fast-food employees at large restaurants are hoping that more than just hamburgers, tacos, fried chicken and sandwiches will be exchanged across restaurant counters.

The Face of Poverty in California

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Brian Goldstein: One out of six Californians, over 6 million people, live in poverty. One out of four children, numbering 2.1 million, also struggle with poverty. The 2012 poverty rate for California was 15.9 percent, up from 12.2 percent in 2006.

Slapping the Poor Just for the Hell of It

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Jim Hightower: In a gratuitous act of callousness, the GOP slashed $4 billion-a-year out of the food stamp program, complaining that even though our economy is recovering, more and more people are getting food assistance.

Food Stamp Cuts Hurt Us All

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The assault on food stamps is misdirected.  Aside from the fact that the overwhelming majority of recipients are families with children, the elderly, or disabled, the cuts won’t fix our economy. 

How Dare D.C Demand Fair Wages from Walmart!

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Jim Hightower: This Mother Teresa of Global Retailing is now wailing that its generosity has been spurned by an impudent city council that says it’s not interested in corporate pretensions of “charity,” but in tangible fairness.

Cutting Food Stamps

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Steve Hochstadt: Congressional Republicans say that reducing the national debt will save future generations from financial disaster. To do that, they are taking food off the table for today’s children. What kind of morality is that?

Who Will Be the GOP’s New Gays?

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Tina Dupuy: But as long as Republicans don’t stand for anything other than freedom for corporations, they will need to find a group of people to be their boogeyman.

Taxpayers Should Stop Subsidizing Walmart

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Tina Dupuy: Since Walmart, the largest private employer in the country, generally doesn’t pay its “associates” or “Walmart family members” enough to live on – the giant multi-national corporation is relying on the U.S. government to feed its employees.

A Guide to Black Friday Walmart Strikes

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Steven Mikulan: Walmart is ordering in armies of its underpaid employees to work on a night they have traditionally enjoyed as a holiday. But the only tradition this company respects is that of making money on the backs of its mistreated “associates.”

Why the Democrats Will Win This Election

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Steve Hochstadt: Despite the continuing economic disaster, despite lingering racism across white America, despite the daily uncertainties of the world outside our borders, Barack Obama wins again. His victory in 2012 means that Republican ideology is a failure.

No Homes But Food Stamps Are Cut

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Charley James: Most unemployed people will get cut off. Many working poor, who rely on food stamps to make ends meet, will go hungry. So, too, will countless military families’

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