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Trump administration wants more people to work for food stamps

Washington - The USDA has a new proposal that would tighten eligibility for food assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and it's tied to unemployment.

Employees being paid to sing Amazon's praises on social media

There is a method behind Amazon's latest stunt to upgrade its image, and that is the company's army of paid employees who are flooding social media with tweets full-time about how satisfied they were at their jobs.

Trump calls for enforcing work requirements for welfare programs

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday directing federal agencies to add and strengthen work requirements for public assistance and other welfare programs.

Amazon will soon start accepting food stamps

Starting this summer, Amazon will start accepting food stamps from the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) program. Seven other online food retailers will start accepting SNAP, too.

How the church feeds America Special

In the United States, no one need go hungry. Each month, churches are setting up soup kitchens and food pantries. If every church set up a small pantry, severe needs would be eliminated.

A national model for feeding the needy for 2014 and beyond Special

In November 2013 SNAP Benefits are expected to be cut for all Americans. It is expected that this decrease in benefits will cause “hardship” and “food insecurity.”

Op-Ed: Background checks for welfare applicants?

When a world where parents must endure background checks to gain employment should we allow background checks for welfare applicants. If one cannot gain employment or feed their family what will happen next?

Store owner arrested for using food stamps to stock shelves

Daytona Beach - An owner of a convenience store located in Daytona Beach, Florida, was arrested on Monday for using food stamps to stock his shelves.

Pet Food Stamps helping to feed pets in need

Atlanta - Food stamps usage in the U.S. has been going steadily up since 2008. With so many Americans out of work and in some cases losing their homes, the family pet has become the next heartbreaking sacrifice.

GOP lawmaker: Ban welfare recipients from playing lottery

Raleigh - North Carolina Republican lawmakers have drafted legislation to ban welfare recipients from buying lottery tickets in the state.

New Jersey mayor will live on food stamps starting Tuesday

Newark - Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker said that starting Tuesday he will live on food stamps for a week. He's also urging the public to participate in the challenge.

Food stamps usage in U.S. up 420k, steady increase since Oct. '08

Washington - In the month of August, there were an additional 420,863 recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps. In each month since October 2008, there has been an increase of participation.

Grocery clerk humiliated Cindy Nerger, 28, for using food stamps

Warner Robins - Cindy Nerger of Warner Robins, Ga., who has been on a waiting list for kidney transplant for five years, was brought to tears at a supermarket last week when a clerk ridiculed her in the presence of other customers for using food stamps.

Food stamp use at historic high in Tampa Bay area

Tampa - While politicians talk of an economic recovery, the use of Food Stamps in the Tampa Bay area has reached a new high, with about a half million people taking advantage of federal food compensations as of July, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Store clerk refuses food stamps cigarettes purchase, gets fired

A store clerk in New Hampshire ended up getting fired for not allowing a customer to use his EBT card to buy cigarettes.

Woman fakes triplets so boyfriend can have more food stamps

An Illinois woman Ebony Martin, 34, who set up a false state file for her boyfriend, Keith Jones, 38, with social security numbers of non-existent triplets so that he could receive more government food assistance, was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail.

Woman wins $1 million in lotto, continues to collect food stamps

Lincoln Park - A woman made international headlines after word got out she continued to collect her monthly food benefit after winning a $1 million lotto jackpot.

Gingrich tells blacks to demand paychecks not food stamps

Washington - In an interview on CBS's Friday "The Early Show," GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, accused the national media of misrepresenting his comment about the NAACP, blacks and food stamps. Gingrich said, "You guys have distorted what I said."

Mother kills herself, shoots children when refused food stamps

Laredo - In San Antonio, Texas, a seven-hour stand-off ended with a 38-year-old mother killing herself, critically shooting her two children in the process. Since last July, she had been refused food stamps because of a "lack of sufficient" information.

45.8 million using food stamps in the US

In the United States almost 15 percent of the population used food stamps during the month of May. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) had 45.8 million users for an all time high in May.

Gingrich calls Obama ‘food stamp president’ in Friday speech

Macon - GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich called President Obama the country's "most successful food stamp president" in its history and said the 2012 election will be the biggest since 1860, when the Lincoln and Civil War era began its scar on the country.

Is a food crisis coming?

Food could soon hold a greater value than gold to many people with rising prices, civil unrest and food products such as corn being converted into fuel. Americans may soon understand what other countries such as Egypt already know.

NYC food stamps ban proposal on sugary drinks faces challenge Special

Proposals by Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Patterson to stop food stamps recipients in New York City from using them to buy sugary drinks are facing opposition

NYC propose ban on using food stamps to purchase sugary drinks

Purchasing sugary drinks with food stamps could be prohibited in New York City if a proposal by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor David Patterson is accepted by the USDA.

Record 41.8 million Americans receiving food stamps

As the November midterm elections draw closer, the stubborn unemployment rate has pushed a record 41.8 million Americans onto food stamps.

1 in 9 Americans on Food Stamps, Increase Since May

As the recession has deepened, more and more Americans have trouble making ends meet. Some of them can’t even buy food much anymore and rely on public assistance. In fact news reports declare one in nine Americans are on food stamps.

32.2 Million Americans on Food Stamps, 10 Percent of Population

A record 32.2 million Americans are receiving food stamp assistance. As the economy grows bleak, 10 percent of the U.S. population fall below the threshold.

Washington State Sends Out $1 Food Stamp Cheque

On February 17th, 2009, the State of Washington sent out a $1 check for food stamps to the 250,000 citizens in its state who are currently enrolled in the food stamp program.

Op-Ed: The U.S. to bailout taxpayers for a change

Congress is about to bailout an unlikely group, the American taxpayer. By increasing the funding for food stamps the United States will be giving to those who generally pocket other bail outs. It's about time.

Food Stamps Chase Rising Food Prices But Do Not Catch Up

The rise in food prices is hitting everyone hard, but the hardest hit are those who have the least amount of money. American citizens on Food Stamps are finding that even the government assistance is helping very little.
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