Hunger in the News: Fewer Americans on SNAP, Homelessness Declines
A regular, non-comprehensive roundup of current news links on hunger and poverty issues from around the Web.
"Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps," by Pam Fessler, NPR. Critics of the food stamp program have been alarmed in recent years by its rapid growth, but the numbers have started to drop. "It's really showing that the program is doing what it's designed to do," says Dorothy Rosenbaum, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. "It expanded when the economy was weak and when unemployment was on the rise. And now, as the economy is improving, it's starting to decline."
"Unemployment Extension: Score One for Gridlock," by Steven Dennis, Roll Call. "Gridlock is winning the battle over an unemployment extension. It's June 1, the day after a Senate-passed unemployment benefits extension would have expired, and advocates are no closer to restoring them. An estimated 2.9 million unemployed workers have been cut off from the now-defunct Emergency Unemployment Compensation program."
"Homelessness declines as new thinking fuels 'giant untold success'," by Noelle Swan, Christian Science Monitor. "A radical change in how states address homelessness has fueled a 17 percent decline in homelessness since 2005 – a trend that has withstood financial panic, a foreclosure crisis, and the Great Recession."
"Seattle minimum-wage fight: Does $15 an hour make economic sense?" by Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times. One of the architects of the $15 minimum wage, multimillionaire Nick Hanauer, explains how raising the wage in Seattle will help the economy.
"The Campaign for Junk Food: Michelle Obama on Attempts to Roll Back Healthy Reforms," by Michelle Obama, New York Times (op-ed). "As parents, we always put our children’s interests first. We wake up every morning and go to bed every night worrying about their well-being and their futures. And when we make decisions about our kids’ health, we rely on doctors and experts who can give us accurate information based on sound science. Our leaders in Washington should do the same."
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