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Debating the Future of SNAP: AAEA Members Provide Expert Analysis

Country’s largest nutrition assistance program could undergo big changes

This week a Congressional Committee heard testimony on the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP.

SNAP is the largest food nutrition assistance program in the country, helping more than 40 million Americans get the help they need to put healthy food on the table. But recently there have been questions raised about what types of foods will be covered with SNAP benefits, and where the program will get its funding.

During Tuesday’s hearing Rep. James McGovern (D-Massachusetts), said “with regard to SNAP, don’t screw around with the program – period.” McGovern also warned about the future of the 2018 Farm Bill if nutrition is taken out of the legislation.

So what are the ramifications of possible changes to a program so many people rely on every day? AAEA has multiple members who have done extensive research into SNAP and how the program is used.

These experts, who also have media experience on the topic, are available to discuss these latest developments and the ramifications of possible changes. If you are interested in setting up an interview, please contact Jay Saunders in the AAEA Business Office; or by phone at (414) 918-3190.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 20 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices. To learn more, visit

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