The U.S. food stamp program—today known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—was developed during the presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Its purpose is to increase the food budgets of low-income individuals and families, resulting in better nutrition.
Imagine you are working with a client who wishes to receive SNAP benefits. How would you help him or her navigate the eligibility requirements? What could be a barrier to your client gaining these benefits? For this Discussion, you explore SNAP in greater detail and determine what you might change to facilitate a better client experience.
- Explain the eligibility for receiving food stamps in your chosen state.
- Identify a population that would be eligible to receive food stamps.
- Identify two challenges this state policy presents for this population.
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- Chapter 8, “Conservative Resurgence and Social Change: 1968-1992” (pp. 251-275)
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- U.S. Department of Agriculture. (2016a). Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Eligibility Links to an external site.. Retrieved from http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligibility
- U.S. Department of Agriculture. (2016b). Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): To apply Links to an external site.. Retrieved from http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/apply