Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation and Child Food Security

Publisher: Pediatrics, vol. 133, no. 4
Apr 30, 2014
Authors
James Mabli and Julie Worthington

Key Findings

The study found children in households that had participated in SNAP for 6 months experienced improvements in food security.

This article estimates the effect of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on children’s food security using data from the largest national survey of food security of SNAP participants to date. The study found children in households that had participated in SNAP for 6 months experienced improvements in food security. On the basis of these findings, we conclude SNAP serves a vital role in improving the health and well-being of low-income children by increasing food security.