Senior Policy Analyst
As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to work with states to rapidly and effectively provide food to those affected by recent hurricanes, it’s worth exploring the three key design features of SNAP (formerly food stamps) that make its effective disaster response possible:
Those affected by the recent hurricanes will have a hard time rebuilding. In the short term, SNAP is critical in quickly connecting people to benefits so that families don’t go hungry. As in past disasters, USDA’s flexibilities to enable states to mobilize in the affected regions have helped ease a tough situation for thousands.
In our next blog, we discuss the design limitations that prevent the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program from responding effectively to disasters like the hurricanes of recent weeks.