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Newt's faulty food stamp claim

Newt Gingrich claims that "more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history." He's wrong.... Read more»

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Eating healthy challenging in 'food desert'

There are 700,000 Arizonans who live in what the federal government terms a food desert, or a low-income area that lacks immediate access to healthy, affordable food. It’s especially challenging for those receiving SNAP benefits.... Read more»1

More Arizonans giving thanks on a food-stamp budget

As Arizonans gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, more than 1 million of them will be putting turkey on the table with the help of food stamps this year.... Read more»

17% of Arizonans on food stamps

More than 1.1 million Arizona residents—more than 17 percent of the state's population—are receiving food assistance from the government. 1,123,333 Arizonans are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a jump of 7.2 percent over the past year. ... Read more»5

Hispanic homes more likely to have hunger

One in three Hispanic households with children is never sure if it will have enough food for all members of the family, according to a recent report.... Read more»3

Az 3rd in nation for 50-59 year olds at risk for hunger

Arizona ranks third nationally for 50 to 59 year olds at risk of hunger, with roughly 12 percent of people in this age group experiencing what is known as food insecurity, according to a report released in August by AARP.... Read more»

Federal funds flowing to state doubled in 10 years

Arizona residents, governments and businesses received $64.4 billion in federal money in fiscal 2010, more than double what the state received in 2001, according to new data from the Census Bureau.... Read more»

Arizona poverty levels among worst in nation

Arizona had one of the highest poverty rates in the nation in 2010, at 18.6 percent of the population, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.... Read more»

Five federal programs lead list of improper grant payments

The Government Accountability Office has repeatedly found weaknesses in management of federal grants, placing billions of taxpayer dollars at risk. ... Read more»

Factcheck

Gingrich's helicopter claim shot down

Republican Newt Gingrich mistakenly claimed on "Meet the Press" that a U.S. helicopter involved in the Osama bin Laden raid "was shot down." There's no evidence of that. On domestic affairs, Gingrich exaggerated or overstated the facts on food stamps, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, and the uninsured—making bad situations appear even worse.... Read more»

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2nd highest poverty rate means hunger pangs for more Arizonans

The Census Bureau's most recent report reveals a sobering reality: Arizona has the second highest poverty rate in the nation. Today, many Arizonans are experiencing need for the first time, and must seek assistance in ways they had never imagined. Increased demand for emergency food assistance is clear evidence of their plight.... Read more»

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