More than 40,000 restrictions, most imposed by states, leave rights, benefits and opportunities out of reach for Americans with past convictions.
The stories people tell about welfare rarely match up with the stories told by people actually receiving aid.
The food aid program helps low-income families put food on the table and injects money straight into struggling local economies. It will be critical throughout the crisis the coronavirus is stoking.
This pillar of the American safety net originated as a solution to the paradox of hunger in the midst of plenty.
States are increasingly turning to machine learning and algorithms to detect fraud in food stamps, Medicaid and other welfare programs – despite little evidence of actual fraud.
With Congress rebuffing efforts to cut benefits, the White House is trying to change the rules.
A study found that grocery shoppers who could change their orders were more likely to swap produce for junk food than the other way around.
In the US, poverty is measured by income level. But that measure misses many other aspects of poverty – like unemployment, poor health and a lack of health insurance.
When asked to donate money they had earned through participating in a study, average people tended to choose the less onerous requirements rather than big ones.
Stressing out about potentially losing benefits can prolong financial instability. Solving this problem will help low-paid workers and everyone else.
Trump has repeatedly misconstrued the territory as not being part of the United States. But it is.
Even without any disruption, SNAP benefits tend to run out before the next disbursement arrives.
In some cases, these restrictions have plunged people deeper into poverty.
Medicaid and Medicare benefits appear safe for now. But SNAP food assistance and many other programs could be disrupted.
A new federal report on food insecurity on college campuses does a good job of laying out the scope of the problem but falls short when it comes to solutions.
A White House Council concluded that the war on poverty is "largely over." But, while poverty among seniors has declined, poverty among adults and children as changed little over the last 40 years.
Accounting for grocery prices and the effort eating home-prepared meals requires, the benefits commonly called food stamps fall far short of paying enough for the poor to eat right.
Cutting the program formerly known as food stamps would hurt low-income Americans and the whole economy.
SNAP and its precursors have weathered plenty of efforts to shrink the safety net. Its decades of bipartisan support make it likely to survive this one.
The notion that obesity mostly afflicts the poor is a misconception.