New Report Presents Framework for Identifying Factors Likely to Impact Adequacy of Federal Food Assistance Program


A new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council identifies factors that the U.S. Department of Agriculture should consider as it assesses the adequacy of the benefits package offered through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.  The report establishes an objective definition of benefit adequacy in terms of whether the SNAP allotment enables participants to meet the program's goals of improved food security and access to a healthy diet, not whether all participants will reach these goals.  The report does not recommend specific changes to the SNAP allotment.


Several members of the committee will discuss the report's findings and recommendations during a one-hour telephone public briefing starting at 11 a.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 17.


Advance copies of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Examining the Evidence to Define Benefit Adequacy will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EST Wednesday, Jan. 16.  The report is embargoed and not for release before 11 a.m. EST on Jan. 17.  Reporters: To obtain an embargoed copy and receive call-in information for the telephone public briefing, contact the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail