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).
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
David S. Ludwig, Susan J. Blumenthal, Walter C. Willett. Opportunities to Reduce Childhood Hunger and ObesityRestructuring the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (the Food Stamp Program). JAMA. 2012;308(24):2567–2568. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.45420