Social Safety Net

COVID-19 Impacts on Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition

By ·April 20, 2020
Tufts University

Lines represent simple average of selected companies in each sector of the food system:

Grocery Outlets
Kroger (KR), Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM), Weis Markets (WMK)
 Packaged foods Campbell Soup (CPB), General Mills (GIS), Hormel (HRL), Kellogg's (K), JM Smucker (SJM)
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Will the Public Charge Rule Reduce Safety Net Expenditures? (UPDATE)

By ·January 27, 2020
Williams College

The Issue:

Policy-makers worry about the financial burden of immigrants on the taxpayer funded safety net. The Trump administration’s August 2019 “public charge” guidance aims to discourage non-citizen participation in federal safety net programs and to deny admission to the country to those deemed likely

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Who Would Be Affected by Proposed Changes to SNAP?

By ·August 1, 2019
School of Education & Social Policy and Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University

The Issue:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed new rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that terminate SNAP eligibility for over 3 million people who currently qualify under Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE). These are mostly working families, people with disabilities,

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Can the U.S. Cut Child Poverty in Half in a Decade?

By , , and ·April 2, 2019
University of California, Irvine; Columbia University; University of California, Berkeley; and University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Issue:

Child poverty is a serious problem for the United States. It compromises the health, learning and development of our children and their future employment opportunities and well-being. Can we find a feasible and cost-effective set of programs and policies that would generate substantial reductions in

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SNAP Benefits and the Government Shutdown

By ·January 23, 2019
Williams College

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The Issue:

Millions of Americans rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) to make ends meet. Though benefit payments have been made for February, the Federal appropriations lapse means that March payments may be in jeopardy.

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Policy Implications from Rising Economic Inequality

By and ·November 13, 2018
Reed College and University of California, Berkeley

The Issue:

A marked increase in income inequality has been a defining characteristic of the U.S. economy of the past several decades. Progressive tax policy and a social safety net that invests in those at the bottom of the income distribution play a role in mitigating widening inequality in the United States. ...
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