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Fox News' 'Preferential Option for the Rich'
Originally Posted: 03/24/2014 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

Fox News has dishonored the poor with their preferential option for the rich. I don’t typically watch much television. But when I can, I watch The Daily Show . Jon Stewart brin ...

What Kind of World Is This?
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

Fifty years ago the Food Stamp Act was viewed not as charity, but rather as an ingenious utilization of American enterprise in order to help “build a better life for every American.” And it is genius. ...

The Justice of Eating
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Forty-nine million Americans live at risk of hunger. Any policies that create additional poverty among the working poor are reprehensible. It is unacceptable for lawmakers to take vital food stamp benefits awa ...

Faith-Based Hunger Games
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

In Mathew 25, not only does Christ proclaim that those who clothe, house, and feed the “least of these” are engaging in acts equivalent to directly aiding the Lord, he also preaches that those who refuse to ai ...

My Journey Through Food Stamps
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

Fear, anxiety, and secrecy marked the roughly year and a half I received federal food stamps. I tried never to let those around me see me using the food stamp card, and certainly wouldn’t have ever told my ext ...

Cutting Food Stamps is a Bad Way to Balance the Budget
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

Many of us are blessed enough to not know what it is like to be hungry, to regularly miss meals, or to consume a diet void of essential nutrients for a healthy life. But now, millions of our brothers and siste ...

Your Christian Hypocrisy Is Showing: On Pope Francis and the U.S. Congress
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

The message of Christ is not often so clearly presented in American media as it was yesterday, nor is that message as clearly contradicted in the same news cycle. The message of C ...

Meet the Republicans Who Voted to Slash $40 Billion from the Food Stamps Program
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

So, who voted for that $40 billion cut to the food stamps program, which would kick an estimated 4 million hungry people out of the program next year? Here's your list. Is your Congress member on it? ...

Is SNAP Congress’ New Hunger Games?
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Blog

House leaders are proposing a massive cut to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), America’s frontrunner in combatting hunger. This new proposal consists of a $40 billion reduction in funding, and ...

10 Myths About the Food Stamp Program (That Thing Congress is Trying to Gut)
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

It turns out that it’s not easy to feed a family of four well — especially without great time and effort — on less than $20 a day. About a year ago, I wrote about my family pa ...

Catholics Differ at 'War on Poverty' Hearing
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Sister Simone Campbell, the face of the famous “Nuns on the Bus” tours, and Rep. Paul Ryan, the brains behind the House Republicans’ budget-cutting plans, have for more than a year represented diametrically op ...

A Simple Fix to Reduce Poverty and Encourage Work
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

Jesus calls us to help the poor. That is a point that few would debate. One key indicator of our obedience is how we treat the poor and vulnerable among us. Where we fall into debate is how to do it the most e ...

Casting the First Stone in the Senate
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

Sen. David Vitter proposed an amendment that blocks any person who had ever committed a violent crime from receiving SNAP benefits for life. The Farm Bill might not sound like the ...

"A Place at the Table": New Documentary Speaks Out on Solving Hunger in America
Originally Posted: 03/01/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

A new documentary from the producers of Food, Inc. premieres today, serving up the critical problem of rising hunger in the United States with a surprising thesis: we’ve already solved it. ...

Planning for Poverty: The SNAP Challenge
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

Families receive $4 a day per family member to cover food costs, so the SNAP challenge is pretty simple (in theory, at least): Live on the same amount with your family for a week. ...

Plowshares into Swords
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the House Agriculture Committee cut $33 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps). Under a mandate from the budget resolution pa ...