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Feedback to House Agriculture Committee Past, Present, and Future of SNAP Hearing Series

On October 4, 2016, Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Mariana Chilton, provided testimony to Chairman Conaway and to the House Agriculture Committee to provide feedback on the Past, Present and Future of SNAP hearings held over the last two years by the Committee.

Feedback to House Agriculture Committee: Past, Present, and Future of SNAP Hearing Series

On October 4, 2016, Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigator, Dr. Eduardo Ochoa, provided testimony to Chairman Conaway and to the House Agriculture Committee to provide feedback on the Past, Present and Future of SNAP hearings held over the last two years by the Committee.

The Winter that Still Refuses to End

While the exceptionally hard winter we New Englanders and many others across this nation recently experienced is fading into remote, faint memories for most of us, for others its effects still linger. Even though we have packed away our winter coats and pulled out our T-shirts, shorts and tank tops, many families are still struggling […]

SNAP cuts hurt: Moving from hunger to opportunity

President Obama asserted last week in his State of the Union address that what united us as a nation is “the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all – the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead.” He rightly pointed out, however, that too many Americans are working just […]

Punishing Hard Work: The Unintended Consequences of Cutting SNAP

Working in the nexus between policy, advocacy, and research, we hear story after story of how frustrating and arduous the climb out of poverty can be for parents of young children. We also see those stories reflected in data.  When we began working at our respective positions at the Center for Hunger Free Communities of […]

Children’s HealthWatch and Zero to Three Letter to Farm Bill Conferees

As farm-bill conferees try to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the farm-bill before the end of the calendar year, Children’s HealthWatch and Zero to Three submitted a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members.

What man is there among you?

The self-portrait of a caregiver in one of my programs at the Center for Hunger Free Communities in Philadelphia hangs in my office. It is a portrait of pure humanity and the bareness of poverty. The woman painted herself naked inside of a barrel that is being ripped apart exposing her to the potentially harmful […]

What pediatricians have learned about SNAP

As pediatricians and researchers, my colleagues and I see every day the many ways in which poverty and food insecurity are written on the bodies and brains of our very young patients. In 1998 we watched with concern as the 1996 Welfare Reform Act was debated and passed.  There was no plan to monitor the […]

New Research: For Many Working Families Loss or Reduction of SNAP Benefits Can Cause SeriousHarm

 Children’s HealthWatch summarized our forthcoming analysis about the child health effects of lost or reduced Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The research shows that when families lose SNAP they are more likely to be food insecure and to have a child in poor health and at risk of developmental delays. Children’s HealthWatch urges Congress […]

Pediatric Health Professionals from around the Country Know SNAP is Good Medicine

Children’s HealthWatch has released a statement titled, Pediatric Health Professionals from around the Country Know SNAP is Good Medicine, affirming our support for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) given the strong scientific evidence showing the importance of SNAP for children’s health and development. As the Senate and House work on Farm Bill legislation that will determine the funding and structure of the SNAP program for the next five years, Children’s HealthWatch urges Congress to protect and strengthen SNAP.