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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.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 11:23 p.m.

Spokane students, districts brace for impact of planned federal tightening of food stamp rules

“If it’s approved, it will impact our students,” said Kim Elkins, director of nutrition services at the Mead school district, where about 1,100 students will be directly affected.


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 7:33 p.m.

USDA rule would cut food stamp benefits for 3.1 million

About 3.1 million people would lose food stamp benefits under the Trump administration’s proposal to tighten automatic eligibility requirements for the food stamp program.


USDA proposes change that would push 3 million Americans off food stamps

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed new rules Tuesday to limit access to food stamps for households with savings and other assets, a measure that officials said would …


UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019, 8:47 p.m.

Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court

In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper came up with the idea of requesting data about the government’s food assistance program. They sent a stream …


Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court

In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government’s food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. Eight years they …


Food stamps absorb shutdown impact

Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, are being urged to budget their resources carefully after receiving their February benefits weeks earlier than usual.


USDA: Food stamps will be funded through February

The Trump administration says benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, will be funded through February should the government shutdown continue.


UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue endorses work requirements for food assistance

Congress is preparing to reconcile two versions of the farm bill, a sweeping piece of legislation renewed every five years that governs an array of agricultural and food assistance programs, …


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 4:08 p.m.

GOP-led House passes farm bill

The Republican-led House has narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients.


Family faces the hard reality of ‘welfare reform’

MILWAUKEE – The shock absorbers in James Howlett’s Ford Fusion were busted, but he and his partner, Nadine, packed their two children inside anyway. They were already homeless, and their …


House GOP seeks stricter work requirements on food stamps

Republicans controlling the House are proposing sweeping new work mandates on the nation’s more than 40 million food stamp recipients as they kick off debate on a politically freighted election-year …


Debate stirs over ‘America’s Harvest Box,’ food benefit plan

Hawaii’s food stamp administrator says he was stunned when he first heard that the U.S. Agriculture Department wanted to replace some cash benefits with a pre-assembled package of shelf-stable goods. …


Administration takes its first big step toward stricter work requirements for food stamps

The Trump administration is taking a step toward tightening work requirements in the food-stamp program, with a focus on high-unemployment areas that have been exempted from those rules since the …


New program buoys purchases of fresh food with food stamps

A new program makes it easier for people using food stamps to buy fruits and vegetables.


House budget blueprint boosts military, cuts food stamps

House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a budget that proposes trillions of dollars in cuts to the social safety net and other domestic programs while sharply boosting military spending, a blueprint …


Fear of deportation drives people off food stamps in US

A crackdown on illegal immigration under President Donald Trump has driven some poor people to take a drastic step: opt out of federal food assistance because they are fearful of …


How food stamp cuts could ripple through the economy

A proposal to curtail the nation’s food stamp program would pinch families struggling to pay for groceries and ripple through other areas of the economy, including supermarkets and discounters, as …


Trump team defends budget; lawmakers have serious doubts about plan

President Donald Trump’s budget chief delivered a spirited defense of the plan’s deep spending cuts, but his agriculture secretary offered only a half-hearted endorsement of proposed reductions to farm subsidies …


UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 9:02 p.m.

Trump’s $4.1T budget relies on deep domestic cuts

President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid, while relying on rosy projections about the nation’s economic growth to …


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 10:15 p.m.

Huge cuts to food stamps part of Trump’s budget proposal

President Donald Trump’s budget would drive millions of people off food stamps, part of a new wave of spending cut proposals that already are getting panned by lawmakers in both …


Tacoma man accused of trying to trade pot for food stamps

A Tacoma has been charged with trying to trade marijuana for food stamps through a Craigslist ad while on work-release from prison.


Sorry, Wal-Mart: Amazon wants your food stamp customers as well

For years, Amazon.com has targeted shoppers who can afford a $99 Prime subscription. Last week’s announcement that it will deliver groceries to food-stamp recipients shows Amazon also wants to appeal …


House GOP eyes food stamp overhaul, possible requirements

House Republicans are laying the groundwork for a fresh effort to overhaul the food stamp program during Donald Trump’s presidency, with the possibility of new work and eligibility requirements for …


Polygamous leader Lyle Jeffs flees home confinement

Authorities say polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs has fled Salt Lake City, where he was supposed to be on home confinement pending trial on charges in a multimillion-dollar food stamp …


Food stamps would be cut by $23 billion under GOP budget plan

Republican leaders have proposed more than $23 billion in food stamp cuts in a budget plan that could be brought to the House floor in the next two weeks, several …


USDA rules would increase food stamp access to healthy foods

The Agriculture Department unveiled new rules on Tuesday that would force retailers who accept food stamps to stock a wider variety of healthy foods or face the loss of business …


Congress approves farm bill

WASHINGTON – After two years of waiting, Inland Northwest farmers have a farm bill that expands crop insurance, simplifies payments and spends millions of dollars on crop research. The five-year …


Senate sends Farm Bill to Obama

WASHINGTON — The sweeping farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama Tuesday has something for almost everyone, from the nation’s 47 million food stamp recipients to Southern peanut growers, …


Shawn Vestal: Shrinking safety net doesn’t mean shrinking poverty

What do you call a safety net that shrinks when it’s needed most? If you’re a certain kind of thinker, you call it victory.