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Judge Blocks Rule That Would Have Kicked 700,000 People Off SNAP

Critics had called on the Department of Agriculture to suspend implementation of the new food stamp restrictions, especially in light of the economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. A federal judge has issued an injunction blocking the Trump administration from adopting a rule change that would force nearly 700,000 Americans off food stamps...

Soon You Cant’t Use Food Stamps At Farmers Markets — But That’s Not Half Of It

This week, I thought I would write about food stamps and farmers markets. People on food stamps, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), receive their benefits on a card that can be read like a credit card. Crucial to allowing recipients to use food stamps at farmers markets are card readers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture just canceled its contract with the company that makes the card readers. As a result, food stamp recipients will likely lose the ability to use food stamps at farmers markets. I was all set to write about this terrible mix-up. But then I realized it’s not the part I really care about. Of course, food stamp recipients should be able to shop at farmers markets. But it’s a tiny part of a much bigger issue. The diets of food stamp recipients lie at the intersection of two issues: our food system and economic inequality.

One Million Losing Food Stamps As Poverty Increases

Currently, 46 million people are living in poverty in the United States, 16.4 million children (23% of children) and 20 million are in deep poverty. 100% of Republican senators have agreed to vote to eliminate the food stamp program. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) makes the sadly ironic claim on his campaign website that he was one of the millions of Americans who would support free market solutions to feeding the nation. Doesn't he realize that so-called free market capitalism is actually the cause of the poverty problem? The wealth and income divides are part and parcel of the big finance capitalist economy that sends money from the middle class and poor to the already extreme wealthy. Can anyone really imagine those who seek profit from everything being a solution to poverty? Last January 89 Democrats voted to cut food stamps by $8.7 billion as part of the farm bill which President Obama signed. This was just one of a series of bills cutting the essential poverty program for which Democrats joined with Republicans, in a bi-partisan attack on people in poverty.
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