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Hungry holidays: Break from school means break from meals for some kids

Holidays bring a break from schoolwork for students, but for more than a half-million Arizona children they can also mean a break from their only reliable source of a nutritious meal – the subsidized school meal. ... Read more»

'A cliff effect': As federal benefits drop, food insecurity may once again rise

As cases of COVID-19 rise in many parts of the country, the federal government has not promised any further extension of heightened benefits and an expanded food safety net, leaving those who have received emergency aid in a state of uncertainty.... Read more»

Black women with children excluded from federal cash assistance program, report finds

Experts at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities outline how states can remove restrictive requirements placed on Black families to receive cash assistance for food, bills or rent, after research found that Black women with children were repeatedly excluded from the programs.... Read more»

Need amid plenty: Richest U.S. counties are overwhelmed by surge in child hunger

The financial fallout of COVID-19 has pushed child hunger to record levels. Counties seeing the largest increases in child food insecurity in 2020 generally have much higher median household incomes than counties with the smallest increases.... Read more»

Benefit payment change hurts poor

A government initiative aimed at saving money by eliminating paper checks is hurting some recipients of federal benefits while earning the bank that operates the program millions in fees charged to consumers.... Read more»

Feds want welfare cards banned from liquor stores, casinos

A federal proposal aims to take away from welfare recipients the opportunity of using Electronic Benefit Transfer cards in liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs by forcing states to prohibit their use in those businesses.... Read more»