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What the Administration’s New SNAP Rule Means For South Carolina (And What You Can Do About It)

February 27, 2019

In December, the Administration proposed a rule change designed to undermine Congress and decrease states’ ability to feed their hungriest residents. The proposed rule was announced on the same day as the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and effectively would add strict time limits to SNAP benefits despite Congress having rejected these harsh terms…

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Press Release: CFPB Move to Gut Payday Consumer Protections Will Harm South Carolina Families

February 7, 2019

Eliminating Protections Will Keep People Ensnared in Payday Debt Trap Columbia, SC — Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) moved to gut the agency’s own consumer protections against predatory lenders, leaving South Carolina families exposed to the harms of payday and car-title lending. South Carolina Appleseed strongly opposes this action and urges that the CFPB’s 2017 rule…

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Important Information About SNAP (Food Stamps) During the Government Shut Down

January 16, 2019

(Español abajo) February SNAP benefits will be received early—on January 17th—because of the federal government shutdown. Yesterday afternoon the SC Department of Social Services released important information related to SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) for February that will affect about 231,000 households in our state. This information is urgent for SNAP beneficiaries in our state.…

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STATEMENT: Proposed Rule Would Increase Poverty and Endanger Immigrants and Their Children

September 24, 2018

Following a trend of spiteful anti-immigrant policies, over the weekend, the Administration published a new proposed rule that would alter decades of existing legal immigration precedent. This departure from American values will directly endanger the lives of immigrant families, including children who are United States citizens. The proposed rule forces immigrant families into an impossible…

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PRESS RELEASE: New Survey Finds 18.3% of Households in South Carolina Unable to Afford Enough Food in 2017

August 2, 2018

Columbia, SC – Despite promises of across the board improvement and claims of booming economic growth from politicians at both the state and national level, a new report released this week by the Food Research & Action Center shows that the number of households who experienced hunger increased in 2017 in South Carolina. Following years of decline in hunger statewide,…

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Hungry in the US. Hungry in South Carolina.

September 13, 2016

More than 42.2 million Americans lived in households that were struggling against hunger in 2015, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service. The 2015 numbers represent a significant decrease from 2014, with the rate declining from 15.4 to 13.4 percent. “These numbers of people struggling in food-insecure households…

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Understanding SNAP Eligibility Changes for ABAWDs

May 20, 2016

The decision by South Carolina to not renew a statewide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly food stamps) time limit waiver, will affect the eligibility of thousands of Able-bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs). This webinar is intended to discuss the time limits, possible exemptions and what service providers can do to help affected members…

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What South Carolinians Think About Ryan’s Poverty Forum

January 8, 2016

This post originally appeared at TalkPoverty.  This Saturday, conservative leaders will gather in South Carolina for the “Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity” co-hosted by Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Tim Scott. With an overall poverty rate of 18 percent in 2014, South Carolina ranks among the ten poorest states in the country and has one of…

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It’s time to make ending hunger and poverty a priority

January 7, 2016

COLUMBIA, SC Their stories are always on my mind. As a lifelong anti-poverty and anti-hunger advocate, it’s hard for me to forget about the children who wake up hungry and, as a result, struggle to learn. Or the parents who work two or even three jobs to try to make ends meet. Or the seniors…

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Over 18% of South Carolina Residents Live in Poverty and 14% are Hungry

September 11, 2015

South Carolina had 14.1% percent of people living in households that were considered to be food insecure in 2011-2013, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) annual report released today. Close to 1 in 5 households lived in poverty during that same time.  Each year, the Census Bureau measures food insecurity through a series of…

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