SNAP: An Overview-The Basics of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and What's In Store
This continuing education course provides a brief history of the SNAP program and describes the current program, its impacts, and its challenges, and discusses future considerations.
Course content appeared as the CPE Monthly in the July 2019 edition of Today's Dietitian.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be able to:
- Assess and discuss the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the changes the program has undergone since its inception, and potential future policy changes.
- Interpret how SNAP benefits are determined and distributed.
- Evaluate the needs of clients participating in the SNAP program.
- Account for the differences among SNAP clients' ability to access healthful foods on a budget.
- Participate in advocacy to improve SNAP's ability to improve their low-income clients' nutritional intakes.
Debra Palmer-Keenan, PhD, is an associate professor/extension specialist at Rutgers University, where she oversaw New Jersey's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program education from 1997 to 2017 and continues to serve as the state's Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program state coordinator.
The author has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflicts of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 2.00 CDR