Nation Apr 20

Nationwide, 38 million Americans who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the nation’s largest safety net program for food and nutrition, but the ongoing government shutdown puts access to food at risk. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court

In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government’s food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. Trying to get that data has taken the paper more than eight years…

For five decades, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps, has provided access to food for millions of Americans and is the nation’s largest program that targets hunger. But policies at the state and federal level could tear…

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