ERIC Number: EJ1097060
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reconceiving SNAP: Is Nutritional Assistance Really Income Support?
Besharov, Douglas J.
Research on Social Work Practice, v26 n3 p316-327 May 2016
Since its creation, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has changed from an antihunger program to an income-supplementation program. Because the program (and its predecessor Food Stamp Program) was not designed for this purpose, the result is a program that has many unintended and, many believe, negative effects. The key challenge is to modernize a massive income support program that started as a small food assistance program. The author proposes an effort to rationalize the current patchwork of programs that make up the U.S. safety net--in a way that balances what looks to be long-term weak demand for labor with the need to minimize the work and marriage disincentives in current law.
Descriptors: Welfare Services, Hunger, Food, Unemployment, Public Policy, Welfare Recipients, Poverty, Nutrition, Obesity, Public Health, Eligibility, Income, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families