State lawmakers are trying to dictate what foods can and can't get bought with safety net money in 2015. They haven't learned much from the dozen-year history of "junk food bans" for food stamps families.
Three public school teachers out of every four surveyed say they regularly see students come in hungry. The long-term effects of student hunger are devastating, not just for the individuals but for society as a whole.
While state officials portray their decision as an act of compliance with federal law, the feds have invited Maine to waive work requirements for another year because the economy is still too weak for the policy to be effective.
Food stamp cuts in 2013 erased about 56 million meals' worth of benefit payments to New York City's hungry, driving demand for food bank services in the city so high that the charities had to cut back their offerings and even turn people away.