Following 10-year Gains, Study Reveals Drop In SNAP Enrollment By Immigrant Families

Originally published on KUNC. After 10 years of consistent gains, the number of immigrant families enrolled in SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, fell by 10 percent in 2018. Particularly, for families who had been in the U.S for fewer than five years. The finding comes from new research presented this month at the American Public […]

In Trump’s America, Immigrants Are Afraid to Apply for Food Stamps

Originally published on Mother Jones. In the late 1990s, pediatricians in Boston and several other major US cities began comparing notes about a disturbing trend in their low-income patients: More of them were struggling to gain weight—a condition known as “failure to thrive”—and lagging on important developmental milestones. The pattern came on the heels of a […]


Study suggests Trump is scaring immigrant families off food stamps

Originally published on Vox. After two years of Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant rhetoric, fewer immigrant families are using federal food stamps — even though no formal changes have been made to the program or its eligibility rules. The implication, according to researchers who have been studying the program for decades and other experts tracking the […]


Immigrant families appear to be dropping out of food stamps

Originally posted on Politico. President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration rhetoric and policies may be driving low-income immigrant families away from food stamps. Immigrant households legally eligible for food-stamp benefits stopped participating in the program at a higher-than-normal rate in the first half of this year, a preliminary study released this week indicates. The data is […]

Lower SNAP Participation by Immigrant Mothers With Young Children Interview with: Allison Bovell-Ammon, M.Div. Deputy Director of Policy Strategy Children’s HealthWatch What is the background for this study?   Response: Children’s HealthWatch was founded in 1998 by pediatric providers treating children with failure to thrive in six US cities across the country. They began their research on the health impacts of economic […]


Study: Following 10-year gains, SNAP participation among immigrant families dropped in 2018

Newswise — San Diego, Nov. 12, 2018 – New research presented today at the American Public Health Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo revealed that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation declined in the first half of 2018 among immigrant families, following 10 years of increasing participation from 2007 through 2017. Preliminary 2018 data showed a […]


When low-income families can meet their basic needs, children are healthier

Boston, MA – A series of reports from five cities across the US found that young children and their parents are healthier when they are able to afford basic needs. New research published by Children’s HealthWatch, headquartered at Boston Medical Center, highlights the need for policymakers to improve access to and effectiveness of programs that […]


The Poor People’s Campaign Calls Out ‘Policy Violence’

Originally posted on The Nation. Shortly after her husband was assassinated in 1968, Coretta Scott King spoke at a rally in front of tens of thousands of people, including members of the original Poor People’s Campaign. She reflected on society’s “routine” violence against people in poverty and minorities. “Starving a child is violence,” she said, and continued: […]

Lowell Hospital Plans to Shutter Clinic for Malnourished Children

Originally posted on The Boston Globe. Lowell General Hospital is planning to close a 22-year-old clinic that treats hundreds of underweight and malnourished children in one of the state’s poorest cities, saying it is losing money on the program. The clinic, scheduled to shut down at the end of September, served nearly 450 children in […]


Battle Over TANF Family Cap Intensifies

Originally posted on One day in the spring of 2017, thousands of diapers filled the Massachusetts state house during the legislative session. Then that fall, hundreds of child-size winter hats and mittens made their way to the capital. The diapers and winter clothes would eventually be donated to nonprofit groups for children, but their ultimate […]