Friday, May 1, 2015
SNAP is the nation’s first line of defense against food insecurity and undernutrition. A number of studies released within the past year demonstrate the program’s effectiveness in improving food security and health among participants. One such study found that participating in SNAP for six months reduced the percentage of SNAP households that were food-insecure by up to 17%. In addition, USDA has released a number of reports which reinforce earlier evidence that SNAP reaches those most in need of food assistance in our country, including children, the elderly, people with disabilities, those who are very poor, and working adults struggling to make ends meet. A new issue brief describes these recent findings on participant characteristics, and the associations between SNAP and food security and health.
Source: Food Research Action Center, 4/29/15, SNAP Works