The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also referred to as “the food stamp program,” assists eligible low-income individuals with the purchase of food. The Republicans have introduced a bill, known as the Delaware Nutritional Improvement Act, seeks to bring the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in line with other state programs and initiatives aimed at improving the health and welfare of Delawareans. This Act seeks to require SNAP benefits to be used solely for the purchase of healthy foods identified by the Department of Health and Social Services as having beneficial nutritional value. This will not only improve the efficiency of such expenditures but it should also improve the well-being of recipients, as well as potentially reduce health care expenditures.
This all sounds unharmful. But look below. This is sponsored by all Republicans. Now, in the fever swamps of Republican and conservative media, it is imagined that SNAP beneficiaries use the money they get from this program to buy luxury food items. This fiction was always a basis for Republicans to cut the program or reduce its benefits.
And now I am to believe Republicans are all into requiring people to eat healthy food? They went ballistic at Michele Obama’s healthy school lunch initiative, decrying the nanny state. So now I am to believe that Republicans are on aboard with making sure SNAP recipients are eating healthy.
Yeah, my distrust of Republicans is strong.
This bill would instruct the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) to draft a list of approved foods, using the WIC program (Women, Infant, Children) guidelines as a starting point, though it would have “the goal of expanding on the WIC designations to improve selection and increase affordability.” Under this Act, future SNAP benefits could be used only to purchase items designated as having beneficial nutritional value.
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 31 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM.
DATE UPDATED: 6/9/2017
SPONSORS: Hensley, Pettyjohn, Dukes, Hudson, D.Short, Wilson, Bonini, Lavelle, Richardson, Simpson, Briggs King, Spiegelman
YES VOTES – SENATE:
YES VOTES – HOUSE
NO VOTES – SENATE:
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HISTORY – House Health & Human Development 5/17/17
STATUS – Waiting on a hearing in committee.
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