THE HILL | As Congress considers reauthorizing SNAP as part of the 2018 Farm Bill, we believe it’s time to make nutrition a top priority for the program. First, we request that diet quality become a core SNAP objective. Specifically, we recommend eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages from the list of items that can be purchased with SNAP in addition to strengthening fruit and vegetable incentive programs. Second, strengthen SNAP-Education, which is the program’s nutrition promotion and obesity-prevention component. Third, synchronize SNAP and Medicaid at both the federal and state level. Finally, modernize program administration and better coordinate policies and data-sharing across federal programs.
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