This is a talk on Zoom about my new book, Let’s Ask Marion.
6:30 at the Jewish Community Center. Information and registration (required for Zoom link) here.
The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington-based think tank whose slogan is “Working to find actionable solutions to the nation’s key challenges,” did a study on SNAP: “Leading with Nutrition: Leveraging Federal Programs for Better Health.”
Like that report, this one recommends making nutrition a priority.
Two of these recommendations jump right into SNAP politics: collecting data and eliminating sugary drinks.
A recent article analyzes issues related to the quality of diets purchased by SNAP participants. Consistent with previous studies, it finds that the diets consumed by SNAP participants are nutritionally worse than those of people of equivalent low income who are not enrolled in SNAP. Some evidence suggests that SNAP encourages participants to buy junk food. It would be good to have better data.
Another recent article explains the politics in no uncertain terms. Making any change in what SNAP participants can buy with their benefits is blocked by:
These last three constitute what these authors call the “iron triangle” of resistance to changing SNAP for the healthier. Their advice: try different approaches.
If the Bipartisan Policy Center wants its recommendations followed, it has a lot of work to do.