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Governor Cuomo Ends Food Stamp Fingerprinting

By Allana Mortell | May 31, 2012

Photo: Bram Cymet

Photo: Bram Cymet

Until last week, those individuals looking to receive food stamps had to endure a very critical, degrading and frustrating fingerprinting process that has been heavily criticized by policy officials, political figures and most recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo. The past few months have seen various verbal altercations between Cuomo and City Mayor Bloomberg, who argues for the process of fingerprinting, saying how the process limits fraud. Cuomo, on the other hand has been quoted saying, “We shouldn’t treat the poor or hungry as criminals.” One of the biggest factors in Cuomo’s decision to alleviate fingerprinting altogether has to do with the efforts towards ending childhood hunger. Since almost half of all food stamp beneficiaries are children, boosting the number of eligible families who are able to receive food stamps would be an effective way to end the worldwide problem. Read More

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USDA Says Food Stamps Brought Down Poverty Rate

By Jeannette | April 11, 2012

Photo: NCReedplayer

Photo: NCReedplayer

By: Justin Chan

As President Barack Obama and his administration attempt to quell the fear over the recent recession, the public can find solace in knowing that those who have been hit particularly hard by the economic crisis have benefitted somewhat in the past few years.

According to the New York Times, the United States Department of Agriculture released a new study that claims that food stamps have significantly reduced the country’s poverty rate during the recession. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which administers the food stamps, reportedly lowered the poverty rate by 8 percent in 2009, the latest year noted in the study.

Although the food stamp program serves more than 46 million people and is considered to be one of the largest efforts against poverty, its history dates back to the early 1900s, when unemployment became rampant. Read More

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Debate Over Food Stamp Fingerprinting Heats Up in New York

By Jeannette | February 9, 2012

Photo: Bram Cymet

Photo: Bram Cymet

By: Justin Chan

After USDA rebranded food stamps in order to save some of its recipients the sense of humiliation attached to them, New York City is now in the middle of a huge debate over whether food stamp recipients should be fingerprinted.

As NPR reported, the state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, has been at odds with the city’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Cuomo has been a longtime critic of fingerprinting, claiming that it purposely steers needy people away from applying for food stamps. Bloomberg, on the other hand, has argued that the process limits fraud.

The city is the only one in the state that still requires fingerprinting for food stamps. New York is one of two states – the other being Arizona – that institutes the fingerprinting policy. Since then, the public has been divided over whether the process is effective. “It’s basically like when you’re going through central booking or something. You’re getting booked and you feel like you’re getting fingerprinted, with one finger here and one finger there,” said Nicole Cuffee, a food stamp recipient who admitted that she felt stigmatized by the whole process. Read More

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The Fast Food Future of Food Stamps

By admin | October 5, 2011

Photo: Scott Drzyzga

Photo: Scott Drzyzga

By: Dylan Rodgers

We have now reached a new national record:  over 45 million people depend on SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (i.e. food stamps), an incredible figure considering that it stands for roughly 15 percent of the US population.  SNAP not only helps struggling citizens eat, it also has taken on the task of providing at least some nutritional education and guidance.

Since the beginning, food stamps have a regulated purchasing power only of unprepared foods (groceries to be exact).  This may all change soon because Yum! Brands-owner of Taco Bell, KFC, Long John Silver’s and Pizza Hut-is putting pressure on Congress to allow fast food restaurants to make transactions using food stamps.  Read More

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