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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Recommendations

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation offers the following recommendations to strengthen SNAP.



October 12th, 2023


Work requirements 

  • Permanently eliminate work requirements for anyone participating in SNAP. 



  • Increase benefit levels to ensure that SNAP benefits cover the cost of a modestly priced meal in every U.S. county. 
  • Expand availability of resources for programs that support and incentivize the purchase of healthier foods, including additional fruits and vegetables, such as the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP). 



  • Streamline eligibility and enrollment processes and focus enrollment efforts on communities with low participation, including immigrants, people of color, and rural residents. 
  • Broaden SNAP eligibility to cover more college students, unemployed adults without children, and lawfully residing immigrants. 
  • Eliminate the lifetime ban on SNAP participation for people with felony drug convictions. 

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