The Right to Food in the United States: The Role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap)

  title={The Right to Food in the United States: The Role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap)},
  author={Craig Gundersen},
  journal={ERN: National},
The “right to food” has been formally implemented in some countries and, in other contexts, it is used as an exhortation for governments or other entities to take actions to reduce food insecurity. Central to any comprehensive set of policies to reduce food insecurity are food assistance programs directed towards vulnerable households. One example of such a food assistance program is in the United States, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the… 
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