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Economic Justice

School Meals Programs

Several programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP), provide children with healthy meals each day at school. Through these entitlement programs, children become eligible for free or reduced meals based on their households' incomes. Read more

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The largest nutrition assistance program – the “first line defense” against hunger - is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP aims to diminish food insecurity among low-income families, reducing the extent of hunger in the United States. As an entitlement program, any household with a gross income at or below 130% of the poverty level is eligible for SNAP benefits. After applying participants receive monthly benefits with which to purchase food- about $1.50 per meal. A record number of people – 46.2 million Americans – enrolled in SNAP in August 2012.

Mind the Gap!

Engage your communities by facilitating a Mind the Gap! workshop, exploring the realities of wealth disparity in the United States today. Read more

Blog: President Obama Proposes Budget

Apr 10, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

A look at his FY2014 budget proposal.  Read more

Mend the Gap!: Taxes Lesson Three: Policy Options

 

Mend the Gap!: Taxes Lesson Two: History-ish

 

Mend the Gap!: Taxes Lesson One: Introduction

 

The Faithful Budget—Reasonable Revenue for Responsible Programs

The Faithful Budget is an interfaith document put together by 36 different faith organizations Read more

Debt Ceiling (September 2013 update)

The debt ceiling, in simple terms, is the maximum amount of money the United States can borrow in order to pay its existing obligations. The debt ceiling (or limit) when raised does not allow for new expenditures, but instead allows the government to pay for programs it has already committed to paying for. Historically, raising the debt limit was done quickly and without contention, as it was seen as a financial necessity and not as political capital.

Legislative Update

Update on current issues in Congress Read more

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