In 2008, the U.S. Congress changed the name of the Food Stamp Program to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The new name better reflects the goal of the program. It helps to provide healthy food to low-income families with children and vulnerable adults. In addition, the term “food stamps” is outdated, since DES replaced paper coupons with more efficient electronic debit cards.
– poor diets contribute to serious health problems in adults, especially the elderly;
– poor diets can cause impaired brain development in children, creating a greater risk of educational failure; and
– healthy food can lead to better school performance for children and better health outcomes for both children and adults.
Improving the diets of thousands of Arizonans is a joint effort of DES’ Nutrition Assistance program, the Department of Health Services’ Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program and the Department of Education’s Free or Reduced Lunch program.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program