Expert Interview

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach: Investing in Healthier Futures

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach of the Hamilton Project explains that in 2016 the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helped 1 in every 4 children in the United States. It helps more children than any other federal program.

In the short-term, SNAP reduces food insecurity and poverty. Over the longer term, SNAP has had a demonstrated impact in improving the health, education, and economic outcomes among adults who participated as children.

Strengthening SNAP, not cutting it, is a smart public investment and will improve public health and economic growth.