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Hunger in the News: SNAP and Seniors, Poverty in America

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A regular, non-comprehensive roundup of current news links on hunger and poverty issues from around the Web.

"In Florida, a food-stamp recruiter deals with wrenching choices," by Eli Saslow, Washington Post. Dillie Nerios travels the state signing up hungry senior citizens for SNAP and spreading the message that there is no shame in receiving benefits.

"City Report Shows More Were Near Poverty in 2011," by Sam Roberts, New York Times. About 46 percent of New Yorkers were making less than 150 percent of the city's poverty threshold in 2011. "[M]issing rungs in the ladder make it really hard to climb out of poverty,” Nancy Rankin, vice president for policy research and advocacy at the Community Service Society, told the Times.

"Here’s why 10.4 million American workers are still in poverty," by Brad Plumer, Washington Post's Wonk Blog. One of the most troubling take-aways from Wonk Blog's analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data: “Among families with at least one member in the labor force for 27 weeks or more, those families with children under 18 years old were about 4 times more likely than those without children to live in poverty.”

"Does Max Baucus’s retirement make tax reform easier?" by Ezra Klein, Washington Post's Wonk Blog. Klein wonders if the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee's upcoming retirement will make tax reform more likely.

 

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