While the farm bill is in play, it’s worth looking at what The Bipartisan Policy Center has to say about SNAP:
It provides evidence for a long list of recommendations for improving SNAP, among them:
- Make diet quality a core SNAP objective
- Eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from SNAP eligibility
- Provide incentives for purchases of fruits and vegetables
- Authorize USDA to collect and share data on SNAP purchases
It also has recommendations for improving education of SNAP recipients, and no wonder.
This is an excellent follow-up to the 2012 SNAP to Health initiative in which I participated. That report made similar recommendations.
Maybe now is the time?