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Economic Justice

Summer Nutrition Programs

When children are no longer in school during the summer, many lose access to the meals they eat through their school meals programs.  To remedy this, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), which are run by local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or school sponsored programs, distribute either two meals or a meal and a snack a day. NETWORK supports continued funding of these programs, which act to serve children during a time of greatest need.

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

Public debt is a fact of life. In 1790, Alexander Hamilton wrote, “The United States debt, foreign and domestic, was the price of liberty” (First Report on the Public Debt). In 1917, the Second Liberty Bond Act included an aggregate limit on federal debt, and in 1939, a general limit was placed on federal debt.

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