An initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Recommendations

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



November 15th, 2022


  • Broaden SNAP eligibility to cover more college students, unemployed adults without children, and lawfully residing immigrants.
  • Ensure the Thrifty Food Plan covers the cost of an average-price meal in every U.S. county.
  • Streamline eligibility and enrollment processes and focus enrollment efforts on communities with low participation, including immigrants, people of color, and rural residents.
  • Eliminate the lifetime ban on SNAP participation for convicted drug felons.
  • Continue authorization and funding for the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) beyond 2023, to provide incentives for healthier SNAP purchases.

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