States are taking an out provided by Congress to avoid cutting food stamp benefits to families, many of whom already depend on food banks like the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland, Calif.
(Antonio Mena/Courtesy of Alameda County Community Food Bank)
March 13, 2014

States’ Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows

When Congress passed a farm bill earlier this year, it expected to save $8.6 billion over 10 years by tightening what many say is a loophole in the food stamp, or SNAP, program. But it's not going to happen.


Teresa Webb, 50, has been homeless for the last eight months. She gets supplies from the Salvation Army truck in Champaign on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.
(Sean Powers/WILL)
January 13, 2014

Homeless Try To Stay Warm, Together

For homeless people in central Illinois, escaping the recent snow and frigid temperatures can be a challenge. Shelters and transition centers offer short-term help for some, but homeless families often face a tough choice between staying together or staying warm.


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