John Peeler: Suppose that every woman, child, and man whose income fell below the poverty threshold received a monthly income that would suffice to keep them out of poverty.
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.
Lynne Lyman: If approved by the governor, as expected, California will allow people with drug felonies on their record to be eligible for food stamps for the first time since 1996.
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.
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.
Walmart Food Stamps: The next time a conservative drones on about “entitlements”, remind them that Walmart survives on food stamps
Raise the Minimum Wage: Working isn’t the solution to hunger because work doesn’t pay enough to buy food AND shelter.
Food Stamp Demand Soars – Deep cuts to the U.S. food stamps program have forced increasing numbers of families to rely on food banks.
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.
Food Stamp Program Cuts — The GOP slashed $4 billion-a-year, complaining that more people are getting food assistance.
Dan Bluemel: Food lines being under attack is nothing new in LA. Three years ago, a similar campaign, led by business interests and residents in the Skid Row area downtown, managed to shut one food line down and threaten several others.
Brent Budowsky: This Friday, the poorest Americans will learn that their hunger will worsen because their food stamps will be cut unless Congress and the president act.
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.
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.