How To Feed Your Family In 8 or 9 Complicated Steps

My dissertation—defended in April and deposited just the other week—is about food access and farmers’ markets.

When Colleges Open Food Banks On Campus

Soup kitchens: they’re not just for churches anymore.

Stories Of Being On The Dole

“Being on public assistance for the first time in my life only taught me that i really never want to be on public assistance again.”

Gwyneth Paltrow GOOPs Up Food Stamps

What is Gwyneth Paltrow planning to make with this assortment of food, and how is she going to make it last for a whole week?

Link Round-up: Financial Therapy; Food Stamps; Getting Fired Over Likeability

Now you can get checked out and helped out by a mental health professional who has a focus on your finances and your feelings.

Link Roundup! Double Bucks for Food Stamps, Our “Mommy” Problem & More

What is this impulse to slap a smiley-face at the end of a story when a period will suffice?

“Poverty is a circumstance, not a value judgment.”

If Walmart Paid Workers a Living Wage

Marketplace and Slate have been working on a joint project about food stamps. They previously reported that big box stores like Walmart pay many of their workers so little that they qualify for foodstamps—which they then use at the stores they work in. Andrew Bouvé produced this video looking at how paying workers at Walmart a living wage could potentially affect prices at Walmart.

Walmart Employees Working Hard, Going on Food Stamps

Walmart brings in more food stamp revenue than any other company, and much of it comes from their employees.

On Food, Farmers’ Markets and the Farm Bill

On Fridays this summer in Chicago I went to the Department of Human Services offices on 63rd Street to invite people to visit the farmers’ market. Unless I had more outreach to do in Woodlawn or South Shore, I didn’t ride my bike. The first time I rode over, I was encouraged by the security guard to bring it in and since I hated the time it took to lock up my bike and ostentatious display of bike-riding, I just started walking over from my office a couple blocks away. Timing was everything for this outreach: If you went at 9 when the office opened nobody was there, and any later than 11 and the same was true. The benefit of going at 10 meant it wasn’t too hot yet and I’d still manage to grab a donut and iced coffee at Robust Coffee Lounge on my way back.