Senior Research Analyst
SNAP (formerly food stamps) not only helps a wide-ranging group of children, as my colleague Dottie Rosenbaum has described, it lifts millions of them out of poverty, protecting them from the long-term effects of growing up poor.
Poor children lag behind non-poor children on a wide range of indicators of physical, mental, academic, and economic well-being, research shows, and they’re likelier to have health, behavioral, learning, and emotional problems. That’s especially true of poor children whose families experience deep poverty (income below half of the poverty line), those who are poor during early childhood, and those who are poor for a long time.
SNAP helps protect millions of low-income children from those ill effects, as we detail in our new paper.
Tomorrow, we’ll cover how SNAP helps families put food on the table.