food stamps

New York Wants to Ban Sugary Drinks from Food Stamp Purchases

Mayor Michael Bloomberg sought permission from the federal government to bar New York City%u2019s 1.7 million food stamp recipients from using them to buy sugary drinks such as sodas. Bloomberg, a staunch advocate of anti-obesity measures, sent the request to the United States Department of Agriculture, The New York Times reported.

Newt Gingrich: Say No to 'More Food Stamps'

"More food stamps? Or more paychecks?" Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich suggests that's how the GOP should couch the national policy debate before the midterm elections. But will demonizing programs that aid the poor help the GOP sell policies that only benefit the rich?

One in Six Americans Is Now on Medicaid

One in Six Americans A record one in six Americans are on Medicaid, the government's health program for the poor, according to USA Today. And Medicaid is just one of several government anti-poverty programs that have seen large increases in caseloads and in costs.

Gen Y Uses Food Stamps to Buy Organic Food? So What!

A new wave of young college-educated Americans are buying organic foods on the taxpayer dime. Dubbed "hipsters on food stamps," these able-bodied members of Generation Y are redefining what it means to be on government assistance.

Homeless, Thanks to the Great Recession

After Jennifer Paul's husband died suddenly two years ago, she and daughter Alyssa left New Jersey for Fort Myers, Fla., where Jennifer got a job doing data entry. But disaster again struck when her employer abruptly closed. Now they're back in downtrodden Camden, N.J., in a shelter. Here's her story, the third in a series DailyFinance is doing to highlight this deep downturn's often-unseen human toll.

Retailers: More Customers Using Food Stamps

Retailers are adjusting to an increasing number of customers buying food with food stamps. Some stores have had to change they way to do business to accommodate shoppers on food stamps, who flood the stores on the first day of the month, when the benefits arrive.

Costco to accept food stamps

Call it a sign of the times -- or at least a sign of the lingering effects of the recession and ongoing unemployment. According to several media...