Committee on the Examination of the Adequacy of Food Resources and SNAP Allotments

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Food and Nutrition
Boards: Food and Nutrition Board, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

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Activity Description

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, is the largest nutrition assistance program administered by the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service. In fiscal year 2009, SNAP served more than 33.5 million people living in over 15.2 million households. 

An IOM/DBASSE committee will examine the adequacy of SNAP allotments, specifically

  1. the feasibility of establishing an objective, evidence-based, science-driven definition of SNAP benefit adequacy consistent with the program goals of improving food security and access to a healthy diet, and other relevant dimensions of adequacy, and
  2. data and analyses needed to support an evidence-based assessment of the adequacy of SNAP allotments.

The committee will comment on the strength of current evidence and identify data requirements for rigorous analytical approaches to further develop the evidence base.

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