There was agreement on the Commission that the best defense against hunger is earnings from employment, and that our government programs, including SNAP, should do more to help low-income Americans find work. We recommended that SNAP case workers refer more beneficiaries to employment programs, and that states be given more flexibility to experiment with their SNAP Employment and Training funds. We also think USDA should report more information on whether states are succeeding in moving SNAP recipients into work. . . .The report also contained an important discussion of the root causes of hunger. We noted the importance of work, the negative consequences that come with single parenthood, and the significance of personal responsibility, among others. This added a fuller understanding of the causes of hunger than is often seen in reports on this issue.
January 7, 2016 at 3:22 PM EST