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Report calls for changes, no cuts to SNAP

The Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress’s Health and Medicine program has issued a report, “SNAP to Health: A Fresh Approach to Strengthening the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.”

Written by Susan Blumenthal, a former U.S. assistant surgeon general who directs the center’s health and medicine program, the report calls for no cut to the SNAP program, but for the collection of data on SNAP purchases, for allowing more experimentation to encourage beneficiaries to buy healthier food and closer cooperation between SNAP managers and health care professionals.

“The principal message of this document is that SNAP funding must not be cut and should be maintained as a lifeline for low-income Americans, but the program should be strengthened and modernized to serve as a 21st century public health instrument to improve nutrition, alleviate food insecurity, reduce obesity rates, and enhance the health of America’s low-income population,” Blumenthal wrote.