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December 26, 2012

Opportunities to Reduce Childhood Hunger and ObesityRestructuring the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (the Food Stamp Program)

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Ludwig); New America Foundation and Georgetown School of Medicine, Washington, DC (Dr Blumenthal); and Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Willett).

JAMA. 2012;308(24):2567-2568. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.45420

Childhood is a time of substantial nutritional needs. However, many children in low-income families do not consume adequate amounts of nutritious foods for optimal physical development, cognitive performance, and psychological well-being. The pending reauthorization of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program), a $75 billion annual federal food assistance program, provides a critical opportunity to improve the nutritional health of its 46.6 million recipients, nearly half of whom are children.1

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