Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Physicians Committee

Legislative Focus

Update: SNAP Momentum

There is a growing movement to reform the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and ensure that participants have every opportunity to eat healthful, nutritious foods. Many state and federal legislators, mayors, and physicians support limiting the products for which retailers may be reimbursed through the program. Studies also suggest that the American public, including SNAP participants, supports making the program more nutritious. Lawmakers in at least 14 states have introduced bills to remove unhealthful foods from the list of qualifying food products, and U.S. Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) echoed these states’ frustrations when they introduced an amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill that would have required USDA to allow several states to test limiting the sale of junk food, which we hope would include processed meats and fatty cheeses, under SNAP. Read more about this encouraging, forward momentum in our latest SNAP report.