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2008-06-19 15:00:14

The Food Stamp Outreach project at URI's Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America has launched an "Eat Better Today" Web site to encourage needy Rhode Islanders to use the food-stamp program to eat healthier foods. The project began last week at the downtown farmers' market. The Web site is www.eatbettertoday.com See The Business of Charitable Giving, F2 Food Stamp Outreach coordinator Maria Cimini, left, and supervisor Judy Walker confer at Farm Fresh Rhode Island's first...

2008-06-18 03:00:25

By Anonymous States are feeling the impact of hard economic times as more people turn to food stamps to put meals on the table. The Congressional Budget Office predicts that some 28 million people will be using food stamps by October-the highest level since the program's inception more than 40 years ago. Food stamp benefits have not kept pace with the rising price of food. They average $1 a person per meal and the minimum monthly food stamp benefit has remained at $10 for the past 30 years....

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2008-05-22 08:10:00

Democrats are picking up the pieces after an embarrassing technical gaffe that delayed a triumphant rejection of President Bush's veto of a massive farm bill. Members from both parties hoped to bring the $290 billion bill, which includes election-year subsidies for farmers and food stamps for the poor, back to their districts over Memorial Day. But that is looking less likely now that the legislation will have to be passed all over again due to a printing error. The House voted...

2006-09-05 15:09:14

By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - One quarter of New York City's 1.9 million children live in poverty -- 50 percent higher than the United States average -- and many of these children are overweight, a food supply group said on Tuesday. The Food Bank for New York City said more than 40 percent of children in the Head Start program, which fosters healthy development of children up to age 5 from low-income families, were overweight or obese. A Food Bank report titled "Growing...

2006-02-09 14:31:53

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House defended reductions in programs from veterans healthcare to housing on Thursday as it sought to persuade a reluctant Congress to enact its proposals for 141 domestic spending cuts. President George W. Bush, who unveiled a $2.77 trillion budget for fiscal 2007 on Monday, said the government could save nearly $15 billion from the cuts. The proposals include requiring that higher-income veterans pay more for their medical care,...

2005-12-14 17:02:22

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a nonbinding vote, the U.S. Senate opposed on Wednesday $700 million in food stamp cuts proposed by the House, a high-profile part of planned legislation to trim federal spending by about $42 billion. Republican leaders want to pass a compromise version of the budget-cut bill before Congress adjourns for the year. The House and Senate have passed bills that disagree in several key areas. Senators voted 66-26 to instruct their negotiators to insist food...

2005-11-30 12:09:16

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday said it will give at least $1 million in grants to community and faith-based organizations to help poor families apply for federal food stamps. The USDA said the grants will be used to inform the poor, immigrants and elderly about the benefits of food stamps and show them how to apply. Food stamps are the major vehicle used by the U.S. government to help poor Americans buy groceries. The program serves more than 25...

2005-11-18 11:26:36

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to cut $700 million from the food stamp program as part of a broad bill to reduce federal spending by $50 billion, despite objections from antihunger groups. Some 235,000 people would lose food stamp benefits under the House bill, according to one analysis. The House bill, which also trimmed other social programs for the poor, was narrowly approved on a vote of 217-215 early on Friday. House...

2005-11-15 18:07:38

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Republicans might scale back a proposed $844 million cut in federal food stamps for the poor if it would help pass a broad bill to cut $50 billion in federal spending, congressional sources and two anti-hunger groups said on Tuesday. Food stamps were among a number of programs under discussion, said acting House Majority Leader leader Roy Blunt of Missouri. Republican leaders are trying to muster enough votes to win approval this week...

2005-11-08 17:54:48

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives may vote on Thursday on a controversial bill to cut $54 billion in government spending that minority groups and some economists are criticizing as harmful to the poor. Acting Majority Leader Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, promised a vote on Thursday, but acknowledged that some moderate Republicans, who are key to the bill's passage, have come out against the measure. "I don't believe anybody is opposed to...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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