Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The St. Vincent DePaul food pantry in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Doug Jaggers

The federal farm bill failed in the House on Friday, largely over issues on immigration reform. But another contentious issue divided Indiana representatives. A provision in the bill would have required people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — or SNAP — to work or attend job training for 20 hours a week. 

People are said to experience food insecurity when they do not have access to enough food for all family members to live a healthy, active life. An annual report measures the rate of food insecurity in Indiana slightly under the national average, almost 14 percent of the population. 

The county where the Map the Meal Gap report found the highest rate of food insecurity is Marion County, at 18.3 percent. The county with the lowest measured rate is Hamilton County, at 8.8 percent.  

SNAP Recommendations Focus On Health

Mar 13, 2018

In response to high rates of diet-related diseases, a task force recommends changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s SNAP Task Force was established last year to determine how federal dollars could be better spent to promote health and reduced related health care costs of programs like Medicaid.

A new report makes a series of recommendations on SNAP benefits. Former Indiana Family and Social Services Agency secretary John Wernert is on the task force and says diet is directly linked to health outcomes.

Hoosiers, Hunger Activists Call For No Cuts To SNAP

Nov 2, 2017

Congress and the Trump administration are discussing broad cuts for many different areas and programs – including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, also known as food stamps.

A number of Hoosiers insist there can be no cuts to the program and are working to make sure that message is heard.

Dave Miner, a self-described hunger activist and relief advocate, went on a hunger strike. He says more than one out of every 10 Hoosiers is food insecure. At an Indianapolis food pantry he points out the dozens of volunteers sorting food.

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A Senate committee on Monday approved a bill that would extend Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits — also known as SNAP or food stamps — to former offenders convicted of certain drug-related offenses.