Child Poverty

The Senate 2018 Farm Bill Aims to Improve SNAP Benefits

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow released the Senate Farm Bill on June 8, 2018. The Bill includes a bipartisan nutrition title that aims to protect and strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), an anti-hunger program that was reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill. Unlike the House’s proposed Farm Bill that is up for reconsideration by June 22, 2018, the Senate recognizes SNAP’s success – after all, one in four United States children participate in SNAP.1 The Senate understands that bolstering the program, rather than cutting SNAP funding – which is what the House proposes — will reap productive and positive results for the millions of SNAP participants – including over 1 million New York children.

The Senate Agriculture Committee Farm Bill includes various nutrition provisions, all of which are categorized under the nutrition provision headlines that are highlighted below. Included in this chart are specific provisions upon which are elaborated in this brief.