Fact Sheet: Administrative Threats to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Rachel Merker (Former Staff)Children of Immigrants Early Childhood Health Nutrition Poverty & Family Economics
Food insecurity remains a major threat to health and wellbeing of 12.5 million children in America. This means that in 2017, one in six children lived in a household that had uncertain access to enough healthy food for a productive lifestyle. Food insecurity has devastating consequences for children.
Now, more than ever, we need investments in programs and research to ensure we’re doing everything possible to keep kids fed and well-nourished. However, those investments are under threat thanks to various Executive Branch administrative efforts to undermine key data collection and analysis as well as reduce eligibility and access to critical supports like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Administration outlines most of these efforts in its “Fall 2018 Regulatory Plan,” released in October 2018. If implemented, these administrative tactics would make it harder for families with children to put food on the table.