Wednesday, January 20, 2016
QUESTIONS ABOUT SNAP’S FUTURE
By the time SNAP turned 50 in 2013, more than one in seven Americans received benefits at a cost of nearly $80 billion. Even as supporters and critics debate the program’s future, he social science research necessary to guide policy is still nascent. A new book, SNAP Matters, brings together top scholars to begin asking and answering the questions that matter. For example, what are the antipoverty effects of SNAP? Does SNAP cause obesity? Or does it improve nutrition and health more broadly? To what extent does SNAP work in tandem with other programs, such as school breakfast and lunch? Overall, the volume concludes that SNAP is one of the most effective antipoverty programs in the safety net, but the volume also encourages policymakers, students, and researchers to continue examining this major pillar of US social assistance.
Source: Stanford University Press, SNAP Matters