What the Cut in Food Stamps Means

When 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 …

Congress Moves to Trim Food Stamps

A compromise bill that sets spending for farm aid and nutrition programs passed the House on Jan. 29 with a 1 percent cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the old food stamps program, which helps 1 of every 7 Americans buy groceries. The $800 million cut over the next decade won’t require kicking any current food stamp recipients off the rolls, according to the Christian Science Monitor. The compromise (which passed with a vote of 251 to 166) left …

A Plan to End Hunger in America

As Americans sit down together for the Thanksgiving holiday, millions of older Americans and others worry about where their next meal will come from. A new report from the Bread for the World Institute challenges the nation to reduce hunger by 25 percent by 2017 and to eradicate it by 2030. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Since the economy has hit rougher times, more American households have become “food insecure” – meaning they are either hungry or …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun… 1. Cronuts – New York City’s new pastry craze – go for $40 on the black market. (Learn more at AARP) 2. One more reason to have sex: It’s good for your knees, elbows and other joints. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Make that two more reasons: Regular sex can make you look 7 years younger. (Learn more at Daily Mail) 4. In the first suit filed under a new Chinese law, a court ordered a woman to visit her mother at least twice a …

The Takeaway: Drinking to Good Health, Fast Food Stamps, Regis’ Retirement

An Apple (Brandy) A Day Keeps the Doctor Away. Good news for the ladies, here: Researchers have uncovered more evidence that moderate drinking for ‘midlife’ women is linked to better long-term health. Women who drank five or more grams of alcohol (between one-third and one drink) per day, three to seven days per week, had a 50% better chance of healthy aging compared with non-drinkers (how’s that for specifics?). Drinking just one to two days a week was not linked …

Help Someone Get Food with SNAP

Did you know that 65% of eligible people 60+ DO NOT use SNAP (the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program once called food stamps) that helps low-income individuals and families buy food? You can learn more about the program HERE. So, why aren’t more seniors signing up for SNAP? The most common reasons include: (1)  They don’t know about the program or that they may be eligible, (2)  They’re too proud or too embarrassed to ask for help through the traditional social …