As we develop them, policy recommendations will be listed here for improving the SNAP program. These recommendations were a valuable resource for policymakers and advocates as they considered changes to SNAP in the 2014 Farm Bill and will be used to inform SNAP re-authorizations in the future. Drawing from incentives, innovations, and regulations that exist in other federal food assistance programs as well as in state, community, and private sector initiatives, the policy report recommends strategies for leveraging SNAP as a public health program and redesigning it to meet 21st century public health and nutrition challenges. These recommendations have been distributed and publicized at national briefings and through a comprehensive communications plan. This website serves as a virtual town hall to collect your ideas and integrate your voice into our policy recommendations to strengthen nutrition in SNAP. Your ideas are essential to enhancing nutrition in SNAP. Your opinion and ideas will be included in developing policy recommendations to impact the policy debate on nutrition and obesity in the years ahead.
SNAP to Health Policy Report and Executive Summary for Download
If you missed the policy report release at our July 18th, 2012 Capitol Hill Briefing, you can download the full policy report SNAP to Health: A Fresh Approach to Improving Nutrition in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by following the link below or by clicking on the image to the right.
Additional materials from the Capitol Hill briefing can be found below.
Capitol Hill Briefing
On July 18, 2012, a SNAP to Health Capitol Hill Briefing was convened in Washington, D.C., for the official release of the project team’s recommendations. The event featured a panel of leading experts who:
- Highlighted innovative strategies for improving nutrition in SNAP.
- Discussed the importance of this program for children’s health.
- Described the dual public health challenges of food insecurity and obesity in the United States.
- Presented a roadmap with recommendations for strengthening SNAP now and in the years ahead to help alleviate food insecurity, improve nutrition, and reduce obesity among low-income individuals and families.
All briefing materials are available for viewing and for download below: