As a House-Senate conference committee considers changes to SNAP as part of the Farm Bill, some critics have called for large SNAP cuts in part on the grounds that SNAP is growing out of control. But recent data show that that the spending growth has ended and that SNAP is following the pattern of previous recessions, as CBO and other experts expected. Read more
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The potato industry and several senators are pressuring congressional negotiators on the farm bill to break a 40-year commitment that has ensured that foods provided by the WIC program reflect the best advice of nutrition scientists. They want to require WIC to allow the low-income women and young children who participate to purchase white potatoes with their WIC benefits, which would crowd out purchases of vegetables they don't get enough of. Read more
SNAP, the nation’s most important anti-hunger program, helps roughly 35 million low-income Americans to afford a nutritionally adequate diet. WIC — short for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children — provides nutritious foods, information on healthy eating, and health care referrals to about 8 million low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children under five. The School Lunch and School Breakfast programs provide free and reduced-price meals that meet federal nutritional standards to over 22 million school children from low-income families.
- Introduction to SNAP
The Center designs and promotes polices to make the Food Stamp Program more adequate to help recipients afford an adequate diet, more accessible to eligible families and individuals, and easier for states to administer. We also help states design their own food stamp programs for persons ineligible for the federal program. Our work on the WIC program includes ensuring that sufficient federal funds are provided to serve all eligible applicants and on helping states contain WIC costs. Our work on child nutrition programs focuses on helping states and school districts implement recent changes in how they determine a child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced school meals.
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