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Kansas Benefit Law for Poor Families Comes Under Fire

Kansas Benefit Law for Poor Families Comes Under Fire

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can’t use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don’ts runs to several dozen items. More than 20 other states have such lists. But the one included by the Republican-dominated Kansas [...]
Families Come to Terms With Hunger in AmericaTyra Lynn is rolling pie dough at her sister’s, Constance Lee, home in Mountain Home, Idaho. “We’re going to need more flour,” Lynn tells Lee. “I’ve got barely enough flour and I’ve only made one pie crust.” She’s visiting from Portland for Thanksgiving, and she’s taking charge of her sister’s kitchen. Audio Report: Learn About [...]
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1 in 5 Kids Use Food Stamps, Setting a U.S. RecordWASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation’s economy tumbled in 2008. Numbers released by the Census Bureau Wednesday as part of its annual look at children and families show that one in five children were on food stamp assistance in 2014. The [...]
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Food Stamps Save Kids and Parents From HungerTwelve years ago, life was hard for Tyra Lynn.  Her husband had just lost his job, and the then 27-year-old mother of three had a hard time making ends meet. She was struggling to feed her family and relying on food stamps. She wasn’t alone. In 2000, Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation. [...]
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Hunger Defies Policy in OregonMariann Duffy stands at her kitchen stove with an apron on, sautéing ground beef: “Everything I’m using today, I got from the food pantry.” Duffy’s family of three lives in a trailer in Jordan Valley, a remote, high desert community in Eastern Oregon. Her husband is disabled. So, the family gets by on disability assistance [...]
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Oregon Families Fight Hunger, Finding Help With SNAPThere’s a good chance you know someone in Tiffany Warner’s position. Like one out of every five Oregonians, she receives SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps. Nearly 15 years ago, Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation. The state changed a number of policies to try to help. But the percentage [...]
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Is the Potato Now Political in Food Program for the Poor?  WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s another political victory for the popular potato. For the first time, low-income women would be able to pay for white potatoes with government-subsidized vouchers issued by the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, known as WIC. The potato provision is part of a massive spending bill Congress approved on Thursday. [...]
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A Veteran, 90, Breaks the Law by Feeding the HomelessFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Despite being charged with violating a new law by feeding the homeless in South Florida, 90-year-old Arnold Abbott said he’s not deterred and even went back out to serve more food at a public park. The faceoff in Fort Lauderdale over the ordinance restricting public feeding of the homeless has [...]
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California, the Golden State, Is Actually the Poorest of AllCalifornia, the home of Silicon Valley and more billionaires than any other state, is the poorest state in the country. That’s according to an Oct. 16 report from the Census Bureau, which also finds that Mississippi – typically ranked among the poorest states – has a poverty rate below the national average. The report out [...]
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Include the Poor and Indigenous in Eradication of PovertyOn Friday, Oct. 17, the United Nations will commemorate its 2014 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.  In 1993, the U.N. General Assembly designated this day each year to raise awareness about the critical need to end poverty throughout the world. The theme for 2014 is “Leave no one behind: Think, decide and act [...]
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