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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 …

Congress Moves to Trim Food Stamps

Posted on 01/29/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsA 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

Posted on 11/27/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin TodayAs 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

Posted on 07/10/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, 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

Posted on 09/7/2011 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayAn 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

Posted on 05/26/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringDid 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 …