September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, which provides an excellent opportunity to take a closer look at the latest research on children’s obesity rates, consequences, causes, and solutions.
A key strength of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is its structure as an entitlement program that utilizes regular channels of commerce through public and private partnerships. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers SNAP, authorizes food retailers to accept SNAP benefits. SNAP customers then redeem those benefits by using Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) debit cards at authorized stores. This makes SNAP a cost-effective means for government to get food assistance to needy people. It also means that SNAP customers can shop where and how other customers shop for their groceries. And it means SNAP can respond quickly to increased need, whether due to economic downturns or natural disasters.
This Facebook Live took place on August 2. Below are excerpts of Rep. McGovern’s remarks. The full recording may be viewed here.
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Raise your hand for afterschool meals and snacks, breakfast in the classroom, school lunch.Download the infographics
- Interactive Data Tool
This interactive graph shows household food insecurity rates by census region, from 2007-2017. Scroll over the trend line for each region to see the percent of households struggling with food insecurity by year.Find out more
- Fact Sheet
This guide is designed to help you through the process of fulfilling your state’s school breakfast policies by providing a checklist of actions and best practices from other states.Learn more