food stamps

  • Lawsuit Jan 17

    14 States, 2 Cities File Lawsuit to Stop Trump Administration Food Stamp Rule

    New York Attorney General Letitia James and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine are co-leading a lawsuit filed Thursday to stop the Trump Administration from eliminating food assistance for nearly 700,000 Americans, James’ office said.   The lawsuit, which was joined by 13 attorney generals — including those for New Jersey and Connecticut — as well as New York…

  • food stamps Jan 12

    Change in Food Stamp Work Requirements Leaves States Scrambling to Limit Fallout

    Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia are scrambling to address a Trump administration policy change that will keep nearly 700,000 of their poorest residents from accessing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced last month that in an effort “to restore the dignity of work,” the Trump administration would limit states...

  • Feeding San Diego Jan 13

    Feeding San Diego CEO Testifies Before Congress

    A local charity went to Capitol Hill this week to fight against veteran hunger in San Diego. Vince Hall, CEO of Feeding San Diego, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. The oversight hearing was titled ‘Reviewing the Availability of Resources to Address Veteran Hunger.” Hall described the challenges organizations such...

  • Dec 4, 2019

    Trump Administration Acts to Cut Food Stamp Benefits for 688,000

    The Trump administration is tightening work requirements for the federal food stamp program in a move that will slash benefits for hundreds of thousands of people....


    The final rule, announced Wednesday, will limit the ability of states to exempt work-eligible adults from having to obtain steady employment in order to receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which helps feed...

  • Oct 16, 2019

    Trump Rule May Mean 1 Million Kids Lose Automatic Free Lunch

    Nearly a million children could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that would reduce the number of people who get food stamps. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released an analysis that says as many as 982,000 children could be affected by the change. About half would have to pay a reduced price...

  • Oct 8, 2019

    Lawsuits Around US Seek to Block Trump’s Public Charge Rule

    The scene is playing out in courtrooms from coast to coast — federal judges being asked to block a new Trump administration policy scheduled to take effect next week that would deny legal permanent residency to many immigrants over the use of public benefits. Almost a dozen lawsuits have been filed from New York to California with plaintiffs including states,...

  • Sep 30, 2019

    ‘Please Don’t Give Up on My Dulce’: Mom of Missing 5-Year-Old’s Desperate Ask

    As the third week of desperate searching for missing five-year-old Dulce María Alavez begins, her mother spoke about the search, suspicion and her family’s pain.

  • Aug 13, 2019

    California Counties Sue Over Public Benefit Immigration Rule

    San Francisco and Santa Clara counties filed the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s new rules to deny green cards to migrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, came after the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement Monday of its expanded “public charge” rules to restrict legal immigration. In a...

  • Aug 9, 2019

    Skid Row Homeless Shelter Offers the Chance to Give Back

    After spending time in jail Joey Weinert was miserable, barely making ends meet, feeding his heroin habit. He’d hit rock bottom. He had a choice. Self destruction or a path to recovery. He learned about a path when he visited his uncle, also a recovering addict, at the Midnight Mission. “My recovery gave me the ability to have a life,”...

  • Jul 29, 2019

    Trump Plan Didn’t Note Threat to 500K Free School Lunches: Dems

    The Trump administration determined that more than 500,000 children would no longer be automatically eligible for free school meals under a proposed overhaul to the food stamp program, but left that figure out of its formal proposal, NBC News reported, citing House Democrats. The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to crack down on eligibility for food stamps, estimating that 3.1...

  • Jul 23, 2019

    USDA Rule Could Affect Food Stamp Eligibility for 3 Million

    The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed tightening automatic eligibility requirements for the food stamp program, a change that could affect about 3.1 million people. The Agriculture Department said the rule would close “a loophole” that enables people receiving only minimal benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to be eligible automatically for food stamps. “For too long, this...

  • Apr 2, 2019

    3 Women in Palmdale Arrested in Alleged $6 Million Food Stamp Scam

    Three Palmdale women who operated convenience stores in the Antelope Valley were arrested Tuesday on charges stemming from a $6 million food stamp scam, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

  • Mar 14, 2019

    DC Employee Pleads Guilty to Taking Bribes, Sex in Exchange for $1.4M in Food Stamps and Benefits

    A D.C. government employee has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he issued more than $1.45 million in food stamps and welfare benefits in exchange for sexual favors and $380,000.

  • Feb 20, 2019

    CalFresh Benefits Will Be Paid Early, on March 1

    CalFresh benefits, more commonly known as food stamps, will be issued early, on March 1, to ensure that members of eligible households don’t go hungry.

  • Jan 17, 2019

    Federal Workers Caught in the Middle Apply for Unemployment

    Thousands of federal employees and their families are applying for unemployment and food stamps to get by as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history drags on with no end in sight. But for some of them, it has been an exercise in confusion and frustration. Others, meanwhile, are hesitant to apply, knowing they will have to pay back the...

  • Jan 17, 2019

    Shutdown, Russia Woes Grow for Trump

    President Trump lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amid the ongoing government shutdown and more troubling revelations about the 2016 election. NBC’s Tracie Potts reports.

  • Jan 10, 2019

    A Lasting Shutdown Would Leave US in Economic ‘No Man’s Land’

    If the ongoing partial government shutdown lasts “months or even years,” as President Donald Trump has suggested, the country would face an economic hellscape, experts told NBC News. That would include 38 million people without food stamps, 2 million losing rental assistance, 800,000 federal employees missing many paychecks, lapsed FDA and EPA inspections and more. “We’ll be in no man’s...

  • Jan 8, 2019

    Food Stamps Threatened Amid Partial Government Shutdown

    Many San Diegans reliant on food stamps are worried as the partial government shutdown could see a sharp cut in resources in the near future. NBC 7’s Danny Freeman has more.

  • Jan 6, 2019

    Prolonged Shutdown Could Leave Millions Without Food Stamps

    Millions of Americans could face going without the benefit that allows them to purchase food if the government shutdown continues into February,...NBC News reported.... The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP or food stamps, costs an average of around $4.8 billion per month, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But because of the shutdown, USDA has no...

  • Dec 29, 2018

    Farmers Risk Loss of Federal Payments, Loans From Shutdown

    The end of 2018 seemed to signal good things to come for America’s farmers. Fresh off the passage of the farm bill, which reauthorized agriculture, conservation and safety net programs, the Agriculture Department last week announced a second round of direct payments to growers hardest hit by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. Then parts of the government shut...

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