A conversation with Angela Babb on the history of the US Farm Bill and how government nutrition assistance programs originated within farm policy.
Proposals to expand work requirements and restrict access to sugary drinks for food stamp recipients have caused wrinkles in the farm bill debate.
The USDA has long given canned, shelf-stable food aid to tribes, with devastating health effects.
SNAP recipients would receive less money for spending on food, and would instead receive half of the benefits in boxes of nonperishable food.
As Congress prepares to reauthorize the federal farm bill later this year, watchdogs and voters are bracing for possible cuts to the SNAP program.
Several municipalities across the US are looking into benefits and side effects of soda taxes that have recently passed or are now going into effect.
Some 55 percent of families with kids on SNAP have jobs — they just don't earn enough to live on.
Groups that help low-income families get food aid report a big drop in the number of immigrants seeking help.
President Trump’s proposal calls for reduction in USDA discretionary spending and lays out rationale for why some programs are either eliminated or scaled back.
Some committee members are also concerned about the lack of regulation on what SNAP can be used to purchase.
With both houses of Congress and the White House in Republican hands, it is unclear how lawmakers plan to shape a new bill.
A federal law prohibits former criminals convicted of, for example, trafficking controlled substances, from receiving food stamp benefits.
If nominated and confirmed, Sonny Perdue will take charge of the USDA, an agency with nearly 100,000 employees and a $150 billion budget.
Once kids enrolled in WIC turn five, they are no longer eligible for the extra food. According to new research, that puts entire families at risk for hunger.
The campaigns agree on food policy in some surprising ways. Most notable: both campaigns say that food-stamp benefits should remain a part of the Farm Bill.
About 23 million American households rely on SNAP, but nearly one-third of them still have to visit a food pantry to keep themselves fed.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed rules to force stores that accept food stamps to offer healthier foods.
For unemployed adults in 22 states, they have two months to find a job or lose their food assistance.
Hunger in the U.S. is at a 7-year low, but food banks are seeing greater demand during the holiday season this year.
Last November, food assistance recipients saw across-the-board cuts, causing more to turn to food banks to fill the gap.