How Many Working Families are Dependent on Food Banks in the US?

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November 19, 2014

This post was originally published on Oxfam America’s The Politics of Poverty blog on November 18. Americans are going back to work. US employment numbers are in and we should be glad. A job means a wage, and that means people can cover the essentials: rent, heat, clothes, medicine – and most importantly food, right? Not Read More »

Categories: Food and Nutrition, Income Support, Poverty and Income

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Building Local Momentum for National Change

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November 18, 2014

Virgil Pack works three jobs in the restaurant industry in order to support his two children. He spoke about his 60-plus hours of work each week, with no sick leave and no benefits, at an event releasing the 2014 Poverty and Inequality Indicators Report. Two of his jobs pay only a little over the minimum Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Housing and Homelessness, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Unemployment Insurance

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Say What?

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November 17, 2014

“Determined not to shut down the government again, Republican leaders think short-term measures could be the best way to address both the ire within their caucus and their desire to show the American people they can govern.” (from Congressional Republicans Consider Using Short-term Funding Bill to Pressure Obama, Robert Costa, Washington Post, November 14, 2014.)   Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Immigration

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Three Steps to a Two-Generation Approach

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November 14, 2014

To ensure that kids thrive and succeed from birth onward, we must simultaneously address the obstacles facing their parents. The ability of our children to enter and navigate paths to success has implications for all of us. The 17 million young children in low-income families today will become tomorrow’s parents, employees and leaders. Earlier this Read More »

Categories: Early Childhood Education, Income Support, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Poverty and Income

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Congress’ Must-Do in the Lame Duck

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November 12, 2014

Congress returned to work today for the first time since the elections. For some, it will be a victorious return. For others, it will be the start of their last two months in office. Either way, they have a lot to do before the end of the year, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Congress Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Social Services

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Fact of the Week: Safety Net Programs Kept Child Poverty from Skyrocketing during the Great Recession

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November 10, 2014

New reports from UNICEF show that child poverty rates increased in the majority of developed countries around the world during the Great Recession, but the social safety net kept U.S. rates steady. The globally-focused report concluded that 76.5 million children in the world’s richest countries live in poverty, up 2.6 million from 2008. A related Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Home Energy Assistance, Income Support, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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What Good is a Safety Net?

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November 7, 2014

America’s safety net is one of our most maligned and threatened public institutions, where attacks rely on arguments about decreasing the size of government and “entitlement reform.” But a funny thing happens when you ask Americans what they are willing to cut: the answer is, not much. Americans recognize that our safety net provides stability Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Medicaid, Medicare, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Security, Social Services, Unemployment Insurance

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Mandate for What?

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November 6, 2014

Here’s some of what was on people’s minds as they voted, according to polls taken on Election Day: Two-thirds (65 percent) said the country is seriously off-track. 70 percent rated the economy fair or poor. Although more people (28 percent) said their own financial situation was improved than in previous polls, about 7 in 10 Read More »

Categories: Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, Social Security, Social Services, Tax Policy

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Some Good News From Tuesday

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November 5, 2014

While many eyes around Washington were on the federal congressional races yesterday and on which party would end up with control of the Senate, there were also important state-level ballot measure campaigns happening all across the country. In a time when Congress is seen as inactive and partisan gridlock prevents much from getting done on Read More »

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Dance Your Way to the Polls

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October 31, 2014

The other day, we told you about the latest stops on the Nuns on the Bus voter education tour, We the People, We the Voters. The Sisters from NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby and some friends are having some fun with this – check out their #NunTrouble music video, It’s All About That Bus. If you Read More »

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