A Handout Is a Hand Up

by Joanne Goldblum, Founder and Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Network originally for the Huffington Post   Growing up in poverty increases the chances that an American will continue to live in poverty as an adult. That’s of course bad for the people directly affected and also bad for the economy. Furthermore, it…

Map the Meal Gap: A Look at Food Insecurity in the United States

49 million people in the United States are food insecure, and 16 million of them are children. An annual report from Feeding America, “Map the Meal Gap,” provides a detailed look at the families facing food insecurity in the United States at the county, state, and national level. Feeding America is a national network of more than…

8 States Will Shield More Than 1 Million from SNAP Cuts

As of today, 8 states have decided to protect their vulnerable families from food-stamp cuts that were passed by Congress in February, and it is drawing the ire of members of the House. Rep. John Boehner has said, “States have found way to cheat, once again, on signing people up for food stamps… And so…

Investing in a Generation Stalled

Back in November 2013, the House’s bill calling for $40 Billion in cuts to SNAP is in part meant to target a select group of recipients: single, child-less, able-bodied, unemployed adults. 6 million in this category are aged 16-24, and their unemployment rate is 16.2%–more than double the national average. They need jobs. 15% of…