What the Cut in Food Stamps Means

Posted on 02/10/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhen President Obama signed the farm bill on Feb. 7, it meant sun and rain for food stamp recipients. The sunny side is that a $40 billion cut over 10 years proposed by House Republicans was whittled to $8.6 billion. The stormy side is that some 850,000 households, or 4 percent of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly food stamps), will lose about $90 a month to help pay for groceries. The wide-ranging law also addresses nutrition …

Not Enough Households Staying Warm With LIHEAP

Posted on 11/21/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteLow-income households often face challenges in keeping pace with rising energy costs. A recent study shows that despite federal assistance amounting to $3.4 billion, in the winter of 2011-12 low-income households were left struggling to pay $35.1 billion in energy costs. The federal government helps eligible low-income households maintain adequate energy mainly through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP serves to protect eligible families by helping keep their homes warm during winter and cool during summer. Although …

Chief Volunteer: Giving Back, Making a Difference

Posted on 05/29/2012 by | Chief Volunteer | Comments

VolunteeringDuring my two-year post as AARP’s President, I’ll be reporting here regularly on what I’m hearing and learning from the most interesting people in the world – AARP’s members and volunteers all over the country – and from the events and activities I have the privilege of addressing in my new position as chief volunteer spokesperson. “If it weren’t for Medicare, we’d be bankrupt, or I’d be dead.” I heard this powerful testimonial from a woman at a Tulsa senior …