Comments on the 2012 Farm Bill: Protect SNAP; Children cannot eat retroactively

In response to the opportunity to submit feedback on the Farm Bill via the House Committee on Agriculture’s website, Children’s HealthWatch researchers submitted comments to express deep concern about the cuts to SNAP passed in the recent House budget bill, their impact on the Farm Bill and ultimately the implications for the health of children and families across the nation.

Children cannot eat retroactively – if we do not nourish them in the right biological timeframe, opportunities for the full potential of brain and body development are lost. SNAP is an essential public health program and must be strengthened and protected so that it can ensure that families in need have enough to eat.