Loss of food stamp eligibility puts physical and emotional health at risk

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A new study from the Health Impact Project—a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts—examines the potential health impacts and health-related costs of proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) now under consideration by Congress.

The analysis found that as many as 5.1 million people could lose SNAP eligibility; among these are 1.4 million children and nearly 900,000 older adults. The proposed changes could also increase the number of Americans who live in poverty and who have difficulty getting enough to eat.

Key findings:

Food insecurity can have a widespread impact:

Read the full report here.


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