Navigating technology in the public sector

May 11, 2018
How are government programs such as SNAP affected by old and new ways of doing business?
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Military family advocates hope to make it easier for active duty military to get some food aid

May 10, 2018
Nearly a quarter of children in schools on military bases are eligible for free meals, according to 2015 data from the Department of Defense, the latest available. That’s just one indication that many active duty members of the U.S. military don’t have enough food to feed their families. That is in part because of the […]

Farm bill calls on more SNAP recipients to work

Apr 13, 2018
House Republicans have unveiled the 2018 farm bill. The legislation doesn’t just deal with agriculture, though. It also includes money for food stamps, now known as SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. And that funding comes with strict work requirements. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Retailers worried about cuts to federal food stamp program

Apr 9, 2018
The Trump Administration is proposing to cut billions of dollars from the federal assistance program. People who need the food help will get less to spend, and stores will miss the revenue. Click the above audio player to hear the full story.

Food assistance doesn't go far enough for most poor households

Feb 22, 2018
Four out of 10 households are unable to provide nutritious meals despite receiving maximum SNAP benefits, according to a new study from the Urban Institute.

Snap may be struggling, but Chinese giant Tencent has snapped up more shares

Nov 8, 2017
Chinese messaging giant Tencent has bought up about 12 percent of Snap, parent company of the disappearing messaging app Snapchat. Snap has struggled since its big IPO in March, and its shares have lost half their value, leading to the inevitable speculation that it might be ripe for an acquisition. But what is it about […]

Texans start getting USDA disaster food aid

Sep 22, 2017
After disasters like Harvey, the USDA offers D-SNAP, a temporary version of the program commonly called food stamps. The program offers two months of benefits to people who may not have qualified for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program before. But given the long road to recovery, many who take disaster food stamps will wind up […]

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Tech hasn't kept up with food stamp users' needs

Sep 14, 2017
A new app makes it easy for SNAP users to check their balances.
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Does Snap’s stock market performance mean we have valuations all wrong?

Aug 1, 2017
There’s something of a disconnect happening between what’s known as the private market — what companies are worth before they go public — and what those companies are worth once they have their initial public offering. Examples A and B today are the meal kit delivery service Blue Apron and Spap of Snapchat fame. The companies’ stocks haven’t […]

Snap’s share price falls below its IPO level - a case of buyers remorse?

Jul 11, 2017
Analysts have questioned the company's ability to keep advertisers happy.