St. Louis archbishop says: “No cookies for you!” (Read to the end, though.)

(I stole both that headline and the link from Leftover, so thank you, Leftover.) St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson has suggested that parishes within the sound of his voice reconsider their relationships with the venerable girls’ organization. Says the archbishop in a letter on Feb. 18: “Girl Scouts is exhibiting a troubling pattern of behavior …

Comparing housing to groceries isn’t such a bad idea

The Atlantic’s Daniel Hertz has written “Affordable Housing Would Be Much Fairer If It Were Treated Like Food Stamps.” An excerpt: While policies directed at making food more affordable surely are far from perfect, they have several key advantages over those that try to make housing more affordable. Most crucially, SNAP is funded through general …

Why some legislative-types want to do the shopping for the poor

At least, we can only assume as much, as the discussion about precisely what impoverished people on assistance choose to buy through the SNAP program (formerly food stamps). The first examination started in 2003 and Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty and junk food, according to this ThinkProgress article, and continues on to today. Pawlenty’s efforts were …

When Congress looks at SNAP this year:

Every last one of them should go to this map, at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The map shows how much communities took advantage of the low-to-no-cost breakfast and lunch programs at schools. The Community Eligibility Provision allows schools that serve predominantly poor students the opportunity to offer free breakfasts and lunches to all …