Punishing Hard Work: The Unintended Consequences of Cutting SNAP Benefits

New Children’s HealthWatch research shows that increases in income that trigger loss of nutrition assistance benefits can leave young children in poor health and without enough food to eat. These data suggest that young children from families that have been cut off from SNAP or had their SNAP benefits reduced when their income exceeds eligibility limits are significantly more likely to be  in poor health, be at risk for developmental delays and experience child food insecurity than those whose families currently receive benefits. Evidence has shown SNAP to be a powerful medicine for the treatment of food insecurity. Creative, real-world policy solutions that provide for upward mobility and security will help ensure that families who increase their income are still able to afford everyday needs for their children while making strides toward economic independence.

Click here to view a graphic that demonstrates the cliff effect as it would apply to to a mother with one infant and one school-aged child in Pennsylvania.

Click here to view a webinar, details the report’s research findings.