How to Spend Your Guaranteed Income

It’s your money; spend it on whatever you need and enjoy the peace of mind.

#food-stamps, #income, #welfare-us

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How Food Banks Succeeded and What They Need Now

Fatigue among donors and workers is a concern. 

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #feeding-america, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Raise the Federal Minimum Wage or Abolish It?

It has stagnated at $7.25 an hour for more than a decade. Is upping the minimum wage to $15 the best way to fight poverty?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #food-stamps, #minimum-wage, #poverty, #universal-basic-income

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The First Post-Reagan Presidency

So far, Joe Biden has been surprisingly progressive.

#a-promised-land-book, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #bernstein-jared, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #emanuel-rahm, #environment, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #food-stamps, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #house-of-representatives, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #khanna-ro, #leftism-us-politics, #liberalism-us-politics, #minimum-wage, #national-debt-us, #new-deal-1930s, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2008, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #progressivism-us-politics, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #recession-and-depression, #republican-party, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #sanders-bernard, #senate, #skowronek-stephen, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #taxation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #warren-elizabeth

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How America’s Food System Could Change Under Biden

New school meal standards? Help for small farmers? Maybe, but first the new administration has to deal with hunger, food safety and a diminished U.S.D.A.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #diet-and-nutrition, #food, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #kass-sam, #organic-foods-and-products, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

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A Look at What’s in the Stimulus Package Trump Signed

The $900 billion package provides more relief beyond the $600 checks that have become the focus in Washington.

#education-k-12, #food-stamps, #law-and-legislation, #nursing-homes, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment-insurance

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A Trump Immigration Policy Is Leaving Families Hungry

The “public charge” rule was supposed to ensure that green cards go only to self-sufficient immigrants, but in the pandemic, it is driving up hunger and leaving Joe Biden with a quandary.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #green-cards-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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We Must Act Now: ‘Hungry Families Can’t Wait’

“Congress and the Trump administration must act immediately to flatten the curve on our hunger crisis and get our economy moving by making increased investments in SNAP,” a reader writes.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #united-states-politics-and-government

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US cell carrier Assist Wireless exposed thousands of customer IDs

U.S. cell carrier Assist Wireless left tens of thousands of personal customer documents on its website by mistake.

Assist provides free government-subsidized cell phones to low-income households across Oklahoma through the Lifeline program, set up by the Federal Communications Commission in 1985. Lifeline helps households on federal assistance programs, like food stamps or public housing, get access to cheap cell phone plans.

But part of the carrier’s website was leaking customer documents — including driver’s licenses, passports and Social Security cards — which customers submit to verify their eligibility to sign up for a free phone and a plan.

The documents are dated between 2019 and 2020.

Security researcher John Wethington found the exposed documents through a simple Google search result, and asked TechCrunch to alert the carrier to the leak. Assist removed the exposed documents from its website a short time later.

Assist told TechCrunch that it traced the issue to a third-party plugin, Imagify, which the carrier uses to optimize images on its website. Assist said that the plugin by default puts a backup of uploaded images in a separate folder, but that the backup location in Assist’s case was not secure.

“We have resolved the issue by turning the backup off and removed the folder from public view,” said Assist.

The carrier told TechCrunch it also submitted an “urgent request” to Google to remove the documents from its cached image search results. (TechCrunch held this story until the images were scrubbed.)

Assist said it is investigating if anyone else found the exposed data before the issue was fixed.

“Assist Wireless takes security and consumer data very seriously. We are hiring a third-party security firm to provide us with a thorough security audit and subsequent consultation on ensuring customer data is as safe as possible moving forward,” the carrier said.

The carrier also said it would notify customers if their data was exposed in the security lapse.

#computer-security, #cryptography, #data-security, #driver, #federal-communications-commission, #food-stamps, #oklahoma, #security, #sim-card

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The Coronavirus Generation

The virus doesn’t sicken kids as much as adults. But it can still destroy their futures. A child allowance would help.

#anxiety-and-stress, #bennet-michael-farrand, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #food-stamps, #poverty, #presidential-election-of-2020, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Judge Halts Trump’s Wealth Test for Green Cards Over Coronavirus Pandemic

New York and other states sued the Trump administration over new limits on the “public charge” rule, which critics said would discourage immigrants from seeking medical treatment during the pandemic.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daniels-george-b, #deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #food-stamps, #foreign-students-in-us, #green-cards-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #james-letitia, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #quarantines, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vermont, #welfare-us

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Why Hunger Can Grow Even When Poverty Doesn’t

The two issues are linked, but during the coronavirus pandemic the relationship is not always simple.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #finances, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #income, #poverty, #recession-and-depression, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

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Amid a Deadly Virus and Crippled Economy, One Form of Aid Has Proved Reliable: Food Stamps

In the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic, more than six million people joined a program the Trump administration tried to cut.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #recession-and-depression, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Are You Eligible for Food Stamps Now? Maybe, but It’s Complex

States run SNAP, and many students and older people don’t realize they’re eligible. Without more federal support, millions more may qualify.

#agriculture-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #feeding-america, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #internal-essential, #personal-finances

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Food Pantries Are No Substitute for the SNAP Program

Instead of beefing up the SNAP program during the pandemic, the government opts for a return to Depression-era food lines.

#agriculture-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diet-and-nutrition, #food-stamps, #great-depression-1930s, #perdue-sonny, #welfare-us

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Coronavirus Is a Crisis. Might It Also Narrow Inequality?

Economic downturns have often led to political moves to lift the most vulnerable. But recoveries tend to reverse the effect.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emanuel-rahm, #federal-budget-us, #food-stamps, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #income-inequality, #poverty, #recession-and-depression, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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An Epidemic of Hardship and Hunger

Why won’t Republicans help Americans losing their jobs?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-stamps, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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As Hunger Swells, Food Stamps Become a Partisan Flash Point

Democrats are seeking to raise benefits as research shows a rise in food insecurity without modern precedent amid the pandemic. But Republicans have balked at a long-term expansion of the program.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #diet-and-nutrition, #food, #food-stamps, #house-of-representatives, #poverty, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Food Stamps Can Help Fight Hunger During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Funding food banks while not expanding food stamps is a solution driven by ideology rather than effectiveness.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #food-aid, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-stamps, #perdue-sonny, #united-states

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For Most Food Stamp Users, Online Shopping Isn’t an Option

Rules and store technology can impede Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients, but a pilot effort to expand access is picking up speed.

#agriculture-department, #amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #food-stamps, #kroger-company, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #walmart-stores-inc

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Coronavirus Turns School Cafeterias into Soup Kitchens

Many school cafeterias are now operating more like community soup kitchens, even though the federal school meals program won’t reimburse districts for meals served to struggling adults.

#agriculture-department, #baltimore-md, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diet-and-nutrition, #education-k-12, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-stamps, #quarantines, #united-states-economy, #welfare-us

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