Economic Research Report No. (ERR-243) 80 pp

January 2018

Design Issues in USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Looking Ahead by Looking Back

The major policy and economic changes that have shaped the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program's history are reviewed, as well as the factors influencing these changes and their implications. Six major issues that currently face the program are explored.

See related Amber Waves article: Eligibility Requirements for SNAP Retailers: Balancing Access, Nutrition, and Integrity.

Keywords: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, policy, design changes, tradeoffs, food restrictions, benefit adequacy, retailer eligibility, program access, work requirements

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