April 3, 2023

Nourishing Communities: How SNAP Became Florida’s Most Effective Anti-Hunger Program

Executive Summary 

While the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has grown to be one of the most powerful poverty reduction tools in the nation, SNAP’s effectiveness is the culmination of roughly 100 years of bipartisan support and growing pains, as various roadblocks impeded earlier food assistance programs from reaching their full potential in fighting food insecurity.

However, there is still work to be done around SNAP on the state level to reverse course on policies that have led to inequitable access to the program. Such policies include time limits and the exclusion of various groups facing food insecurity, like some college students, immigrants, and people with past drug trafficking convictions.

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