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Report Shows Anti-Poverty Programs and Policies Cut Colorado Child Poverty Rate Nearly in Half

A report released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that the federal government’s official poverty measure, which was created in the 1960s, uses outdated information on how U.S. children and families are faring today. Research shows that families …

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Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure Finds Public Programs Kept Millions of U.S. Children Out of Poverty in 2013

Public benefits kept more than 8 million American children out of poverty in 2013, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau. The report uses an experimental poverty measure called the Supplemental Poverty Measure, or SPM, …

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U.S. House Finally Approves Farm Bill; End in Sight After Two-Year Struggle

The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed a five-year, $959 billion Farm Bill on a bi-partisan vote of 251-166, ending a two-year political impasse on the measure. The final compromise bill included an $8 billion cut to the Supplemental …

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Fast Fact – Dec. 6, 2013

In 2012, approximately 36 percent of all Colorado children under 5 received vouchers from WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children). WIC helps low-income pregnant women, infants and children access nutritious foods and as well as …

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Newly Released Census Data Show Colorado’s High Rate of Child Poverty Persists, but Continued Progress on Getting Kids Insured

Colorado’s child poverty rate was higher in 2012 than during the worst years of the Great Recession, according to data from the American Community Survey released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The new data show that in 2012, 18 …

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Farm Bill’s Reauthorization Saga Continues: SNAP Funding Caught in Partisan Gridlock

This week the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed (by a vote of 217 to 210) a version of the Farm Bill which would slash nearly $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during the next 10 years. …

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Food Insecurity Declines among Colorado Kids, but Remains above Pre-Recession Levels

New data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that the number of Colorado kids living in households that were food-insecure at some point during the year has begun to decline. A food-insecure household is one that …

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New Resources Available to Help Stay Informed on Benefits System Changes

The Colorado Benefits Management System (CBMS) is the state technology infrastructure that determines eligibility for assistance programs including Medicaid and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps). In 2012 the Colorado Legislature approved a plan to make significant investments …

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U.S. House Defeats Farm Bill

In a surprise outcome, the Farm Bill was defeated in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. A bipartisan coalition of 234 “strange bedfellows” voted no on the measure, but their reasons for opposition were varied. Many shared the belief …

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SNAP at Risk in Upcoming Farm Bill Debate

The U.S. Senate approved on Monday a five-year farm bill with bipartisan support. While the Senate version includes $4 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly food stamps), the Children’s Campaign is more concerned about …

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