SNAP/Food Stamp Challenges

The SNAP/Food Stamp Program is the largest nutrition assistance program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The goal of the program is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition…by increasing food purchasing power for all eligible households who apply for participation. Through the electronic benefit transfer systems (EBT), the use of food stamp coupons…

Cordray Appointment Ruled Unconstitutional

The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled last week that President Obama’s January 2012 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional, thereby throwing into doubt a significant amount of the bureau’s activities conducted last year, CQ Roll Call reports. Specifically, because President Obama appointed Richard Cordray to head the NLRB, legal analysts…

SNAP’s Critical Role in Improving Health

A new brief from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)—SNAP and Public Health: The Role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programin Improving the Health and Well-Being of Americans—walks readers through research demonstrating the critical role SNAP plays in reducing hunger and improving health. Overall, the brief demonstrates that poverty and food insecurity have serious…

FDA Seeking Comments on Harsher Warning Labels on Smokeless Tobacco Packages

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is establishing a public docket to obtain comments, supported by scientific evidence, regarding what changes to smokeless tobacco product warnings, if any, “would promote greater public understanding of the risks associated with the use of smokeless tobacco products.” The agency published the notice in The Federal Register on…