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As demand surges, advocates worry food stamps miss eligible families

The number of food stamp recipients in Arizona has surged over the past year, but advocates worry that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is still only reaching a portion of those eligible for assistance. ... Read more»

Jobless benefits expand next month, but advocates worry it’s not enough

Arizona unemployment benefits will expand next month to cover workers who are not now eligible, to last longer than before and to pay more in weekly benefits to some jobless workers. But economists and advocates say that while the change is welcome, it’s probably too little, and too late.... Read more»

SNAP Benefits

Food-stamp purchases could soon go online under SNAP pilot program

The Agriculture Department added Arizona to the list of states where people can use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits – SNAP, or food stamps – to buy their groceries online.... Read more»

Chances of climbing economic ladder are mixed in Az

Location matters when it comes to the chances that a child born into poverty in Arizona will move up the economic ladder during his lifetime. A recent study showed that a Tucson child from a family in the bottom-fifth income level has a 7.6 percent chance to rise to the top fifth by adulthood.... Read more»

Poverty continues to climb in Arizona

The portion of Arizonans living in poverty hit 19 percent last year, the sixth-highest rate in the nation, according to new data from the Census Bureau. It was the third straight increase in the poverty rate for Arizona.... Read more»1