Friday, March 17, 2023

Recommendations for a 21st-Century SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP, is shaping up as a key appropriations battleground for the new Congress. As extra, pandemic-era SNAP benefits ended in 32 states this month, Republicans on Capitol Hill signaled intentions to move to permanently reduce SNAP benefits and/or tighten eligibility requirements as part of negotiations over a new Farm Bill. American Enterprise Institute  Senior Fellow and Rowe Scholar in Poverty Studies Angela Rachidi has just published a new paper making recommendations on how best to reform the program while adding nutritional value. Rachidi spoke with Spotlight recently about her proposals; the transcript of that conversation (see here) has been lightly edited for length and clarity.