Proposals Would Weaken SNAP’s Proven Ability to Help Poor, Hungry

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Celia Cole /(512) 320-0222 x110

May 17, 2011

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CPPP supports efforts to reduce obesity and encourage Texans to pursue a healthy diet. However, we are opposed to proposals currently being debated in the Texas Legislature [House Bill (HB) 1151 and HB 3451] and the United States Congress that would restrict the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) benefits. These proposals have the potential to erode the value of SNAP benefits─already too little─and would weaken the programs proven ability to help the poorest and hungriest among us.

In this Policy Point, we outline our concerns and recommendations for an alternative approach.