The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to explore the implications of restricting what can be purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Members of the committee heard from a panel of witnesses who discussed the challenges of implementing product restrictions, the need for encouraging healthy purchasing habits, and the role that incentives and nutrition education can play in changing consumer behavior.
“Nearly 43 million Americans depend on SNAP to provide food for themselves and their families. It is a vital tool in helping people through tough financial times. While the Agriculture Committee devoted immense time and effort last Congress to learn about the past and present of this program, we now need to focus on the
Dr. Angela Rachidi, Research Fellow, Poverty Studies, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Director, The Hamilton Project, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Leslie Sarasin, CEO, Food Marketing Institute, Arlington, VA
Mr. John Weidman, Deputy Executive Director, The Food Trust, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Brian Wansink, Director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, Ithaca, NY