Backpack programs that give students easily prepared foods, like boxed macaroni and cheese and canned beans, can make a difference.
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.
Are most homeless mentally ill? Is it inevitable that a society will have homeless people? A researcher digs into the real data on homelessness.
Most European nations have seen suicide rates fall by 20 percent or more. Research is limited, but some studies blame US inequality.
Poverty rates across the suburban landscape have increased by 50 percent since 1990. This suburbanization of poverty is one of the most important demographic trends of the last 50 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.
Research suggests that government spending on very young children is a good investment.
The demographics, which include declining numbers of adult children free to step up and potentially fewer immigrants, suggest that this big problem society faces will get bigger.
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 global elites are paying attention.
The new rules Kentucky and other states want to impose could leave millions of Americans who benefit from this safety net program uninsured – and resorting to the emergency room for their health care.
As the GOP prepares to slash spending to pay for tax cuts, lawmakers have been bringing up claims about the poor that don't stand up to scrutiny.
The notion that obesity mostly afflicts the poor is a misconception.
With a little advance planning and creativity, librarians can help keep kids and teens busy and safe during emergencies.
Only very low-income Americans who are working or looking for work are eligible for federal, time-limited welfare dollars. This restriction doesn't always help them get back on their feet.
Trump's rationale for cutting the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program rests on a myth at odds with contemporary data.
Misleading stereotypes help explain why the share of families living in poverty who benefit from a core assistance program has plummeted -- and why Trump wants new cuts.