- The need for nutrition assistance cannot be addressed by just one program or just one group—it requires more collaboration between governments, charities, businesses, health systems, communities, individuals, and many others.
- The diversity of programs serving low-income households has simultaneously generated overlaps and gaps in recipient services.
- Combined with other welfare programs, SNAP recipients may face a “welfare cliff” when they are just above the income eligibility level, which can create disincentives to finding work or increasing earnings.
- Better enforcement of work requirements is needed in some states, and enforcement needs to be coupled with more effective SNAP employment and training programs.
- SNAP needs clear program goals and must be evaluated according to metrics aligned with those goals to generate program improvement.
- SNAP fraud rates can be improved through innovative state and federal strategies and technologies.
Monday, December 12, 2016
HOUSE AG COMMITTEE BACKS SNAP
The House Agriculture Committee has unveiled a new report summarizing the committee’s two-year review of SNAP. The Committee found nothing to suggest that SNAP be gutted or eliminated. It found a number of ways the program is working successfully and a number of areas in need of improvement, innovation, and adjustment: service delivery, work requirements, program administration and evaluation, and access to healthy foods.
The Committee found, among other things: