Food Stamps, Follow the Money: Can New York City help put the N (nutrition) back in SNAP?


by Charles Platkin

Food Stamps, Follow the Money:
Can New York City help put the
N (nutrition) back in SNAP?

This event examined new ways to use SNAP to improve the nutritional well-being of the 1.8 million New York City residents who receive food stamps.  With Michele Simon, a public health lawyer who has been writing about the food industry since 1996 and author of Appetite for Profit.

Additional Resources

Selected Readings:

  • Bartlett, S et al. Healthy Incentives Pilot (HIP): Early Implementation Report
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Research and
  • Analysis. February 2013. Report on pilot program offering financial incentives for purchases of fruits and vegetables using SNAP EBT cards. (Executive summary also available).
  • Blumenthal S et al. SNAP to Health: A Fresh Approach to Improving Nutrition in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC). July 2012.
  • Briggs S et al. Real Food, Real Choice: Connecting SNAP Recipients with Farmers Markets Community Food Security Coalition/Farmers Market Coalition. June 2010.
  • Food Research and Action Center: A Review of Strategies to Bolster SNAP’s Role in
  • Improving Nutrition as well as Food Security updated January 2013.
  • Leung CW et al. A Qualitative Study of Diverse Experts’ Views about Barriers and Strategies to Improve the Diets and Health of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Beneficiaries. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. January 2013. 113:1:70-76. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2012.09.018
  • Simon M. Food Stamps: Follow the Money June 2012. Eat.Drink.Politics.com
  • Zedlewski S, Waxman E, Gundderson, C. SNAPs Role in the Great Recession and Beyond July 2012. Urban Institute and Feeding America.

Selected Organizations:

  • Snap To Health A virtual town hall on SNAP (food stamps) and nutrition in the United States.
  • GrowNYC operates NYC farmers markets, new farmer development training programs and initiatives to increase access to healthy food and increasing composting. Has worked closely with City Council Chair Christine Quinn to increase acceptance of food stamp EBT cards at farmers markets.

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