Wednesday, June 17, 2015
One idea for improving federal food programs
FEDERAL FOOD PROGRAMS NEED BETTER COORDINATION
A conservative scholar recently told Congress that federal food assistance programs like SNAP are not meeting their full potential because of inefficiencies and duplication. While these programs are an important part of the nation’s safety net, and research shows that they improve the health and nutrition of low-income families, the current system does not adequately share knowledge about how best to help families with their food needs, according to Angela Rachidi. She argued that food assistance programs could help more families on a lower budget if they were centralized and became more efficient. She suggested reforms such as categorical eligibility and program consolidations that allow for easier communication across governing bodies and agencies.
Source: American Enterprise Institute, 5/20/15, Food Program Coordination