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- Bipartisan, food policy, food stamps, healthy foods, Nutrition, nutrition education, SNAP, SNAP-Ed, USDA
By Megan Edison, Miami University Ohio
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), once known as the “Food Stamps Plan,” was initiated in 1933 to help supply food to low-income individuals and their families. The original program was disbanded in 1943 given that the number of those living in poverty had decreased. President John F. Kennedy reintroduced the program in 1961. Then, in 1981, SNAP-Education was founded and provided nutrition education, in addition to food stamps, and by 2004, the SNAP-Ed program was implemented in all 50 states (Snap to Health, 2017). In 2008, the focus of SNAP was shifting to promote the purchase of healthy foods and began to be available for use at farmers’ markets. Most recently, in 2014, USDA began providing grants, through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive, to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables purchased by SNAP participants.
Throughout SNAP’s existence some legislators have tried to develop methods to limit the purchases of products like sugary drinks and candy. With the increased concern for potential mismanagement of SNAP, the Bipartisan Policy Center has created a new SNAP Task Force with the goal of strengthening nutrition in the program. The group’s mission is to explore recommendations for using SNAP and the SNAP-Ed program to improve health and nutrition education. The task force will review programs, policies and priorities of SNAP and SNAP-Ed, as well as the relationship between SNAP and health outcomes of Medicaid participants. There are thirteen members in the task force and it is lead by Bill First, Dan Glickman, and Ann Veneman. The group plans on releasing their recommendations by the end of 2017 (Bipartisan Policy Center, 2017).
As of January 2016, the SNAP program serves more than 40 million Americans (Snap to Health, 2017); we can’t wait to see how the efforts of this task force will potentially help modernize the SNAP program.
Bipartisan Policy Center. (September, 2017). New BPC SNAP Task Force to Address Ways to Strengthen Nutrition in SNAP. Retrieved from: https://bipartisanpolicy.org/press-release/new-bpc-snap-task-force/
Snap to Health. (2017). From Food Stamps to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Legislative Timeline. Retrieved from: https://www.snaptohealth.org/snap/the-history-of-snap/