The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan (SNAP) is associated with better health and lower health care costs, according to a growing body of evidence that the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities summarize in a new paper and blog series.
Food Insecurity – i.e., lack of access to enough food at any point during the year – is linked to a number of negative health outcomes, such as increased chronic health conditions, and higher health care costs.
While SNAP provides only a modest benefit – just $1.40 on average per person per meal in 2017 – it forms a critical foundation for the health and well-being of low income Americans, lifting millions out of poverty, improving food security and offering SNAP participants a path to better health outcomes for both adults and children.
Read the Report: SNAP Is Linked with Improved Nutritional Outcomes and Lower Health Care Costs
Additional Resources from The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities blog:
- SNAP Associated with Better Health, Reduced Health Care Costs
- Food Insecure Households Likelier to Have Chronic Diseases, High Health Costs
- SNAP Linked to Better Health Throughout Life, Benefits for All Age Groups