The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly the Food Stamp Program) is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program. Serving nearly 46 million people, SNAP is the cornerstone of the U.S.federal government's efforts to alleviate hunger in America. Read More
We hope that this site fosters discussion, collaboration, and innovation among those working to improve health, reduce food insecurity, and prevent obesity in the United States. We hope that many of the ideas will impact the current policy debate and strengthen nutrition in SNAP.
Read a Welcome Letter from Susan Blumenthal, MD, Project Director
As the largest federal nutrition assistance program, SNAP impacts the health of nearly 46 million Americans. 50% of the program's beneficiaries are children, so SNAP is affecting the health of future generations. SNAP is a government program that is funded by taxpayer dollars. Therefore, everyone's voice can make a meaningful contribution to this discussion. If you are among the 15% of Americans enrolled in SNAP, your opinions are needed on how the program is working and how to improve it. Your opinions and ideas will be included in our policy recommendations for strengthening nutrition in SNAP. Read More
We want your ideas for improving nutrition in SNAP. Make your voice heard in the forums, comment section, in the polls, and on Facebook and Twitter. You can also explore the website’s links to learn more about SNAP, nutrition, and the Farm Bill re-authorization.Your voices will be included in our policy recommendations for strengthening nutrition on the 2012 re-authorization of the Farm Bill.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) introduced MyPlate in 2010 to help consumers make better food choices. Replacing the food pyramid, MyPlate illustrates the five food groups using a familiar meal time visual: the dinner plate. The framework for MyPlate is the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
SNAP currently provides food assistance to more than 45.8 million Americans. With the concurrent health challenges of food insecurity and obesity in America, improving nutrition in SNAP is critical. But healthy eating is essential for everyone, so the website provides links to comprehensive, trustworthy resources for us all.
Here you will find a collection of reports and publications on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as helpful resources to inform the discussion on how to improve nutrition for SNAP beneficiaries.
Trying to eat healthy on a budget can be difficult. We've put together these useful resources and tips to make eating nutritious foods with your SNAP benefits easier for you.