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Punishing Hard Work: The Unintended Consequences of Cutting SNAP Benefits

April 22, 2014
Event Date: 
January 1, 2014

A new report from Children's HealthWatch, Punishing Hard Work: The Unintended Consequences of Cutting SNAP Benefits, shows that increases in income that trigger loss of nutrition assistance benefits can leave young children in poor health and without enough food to eat.  These data suggest that young children from families that have been cut off from SNAP or had their SNAP benefits reduced when their income exceeds eligibility limits are significantly more likely to be in poor health, be at risk for developmental delays and experience child food insecurity than those whose families currently receive benefits. 

 

Click here to view a graphic that demonstrates the cliff effect as it would apply to to a mother with one infant and one school-aged child in Pennsylvania.

 

Click here to view a webinar that details the report’s research findings.

Click here to read the full report.

 

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