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Center on Budget: Food Assistance

The Community Eligibility Provision: What Food Service Management Companies Need to Know

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a federal option for high-poverty schools to offer breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students without collecting school meal applications. Created in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the provision was phased in, a few states at a time, for three years beginning in the 2011-2012 school year. It became available in all states for the 2014-2015 school year. In the first year of nationwide availability, more than 14,000 …

SNAP Benefit Boost in 2009 Recovery Act Provided Economic Stimulus and Reduced Hardship

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Recognizing the effectiveness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) at providing economic stimulus and reducing hardship in a weak economy, policymakers included several SNAP provisions in the 2009 Recovery Act, most notably a benefit increase for all participants.  During the years it was in effect, the increase provided about $40 billion in additional SNAP benefits, and research shows that it helped participants maintain adequate access to food.  When …

State Innovations in Horizontal Integration: Leveraging Technology for Health and Human Services

Monday, March 23, 2015
Executive Summary Because most low-income individuals and families qualify for multiple public benefit programs, most states have a long history of using the same technology and staff to process eligibility for the means-tested programs that they administer, such as Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  Such integrated eligibility systems and processes are cost-effective for states because they avoid duplication of …

Congressional Budget Plans Get Two-Thirds of Cuts From Programs for People With Low or Moderate Incomes

Monday, March 23, 2015
The budgets adopted on March 19 by the House Budget Committee and the Senate Budget Committee each cut more than $3 trillion over ten years (2016-2025) from programs that serve people of limited means.  These deep reductions amount to 69 percent of the cuts to non-defense spending in both the House and Senate plans. Each budget plan derives more than two-thirds of its non-defense budget cuts from programs for people with low or modest incomes even though these programs constitute less than …

House Budget Would Slash SNAP by $125 Billion Over Ten Years

Friday, March 20, 2015
The House Budget Committee’s budget plan would convert the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) into a block grant beginning in 2021 and cut funding steeply — by $125 billion (34 percent) between 2021 and 2025.[1] Cuts of this magnitude would end food assistance for millions of low-income families, cut benefits for millions of households, or some combination of the two. The prior Budget Committee chairman, Paul …

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