Policy Makers and Experts Share their Perspective on SNAP at 40 and the Success and History of Bipartisan Cooperation
On Friday, September 29, 2017, the 1977 Food Stamp Act, turned “40” which is now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Food Stamp Act is the landmark law that set the framework for the modern food stamp program.
The 1977 Food Stamp Act passed because of bipartisan cooperation, most personified by the partnership of Democratic Senator George McGovern and Republican Senator Bob Dole.
To commemorate its 40th Birthday, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) produced a video explaining the program’s history, what makes it so effective, and its bipartisan legacy.
SNAP’s 40th anniversary provides us with a timely reminder that when people on both sides of the aisle come together to make sound policy, they can tackle major issues facing the country.
The “SNAP at 40: Coming Together to Fight Hunger” video shows us video footage of how SNAP fights hunger across the country.
Voices with critical and first-hand knowledge of the SNAP program and its history shared their perspective in the video. “SNAP provides more nutritional assistance to children than any other federal program,” said Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Director, Hamilton Project, The Brookings Institute.
“It lifts millions of people and children out over poverty every year,” says Bob Greenstein, President, CBPP.
“I don’t think that it’s an exaggeration to say that we revolutionaized the food stamp program for the better. We brought in millions of people who couldn’t afford to participate. Bob Dole was the ranking Republican on the Committee. I was the chairman and we worked hand in glove. We didn’t play any partisan politics with this issue,” said Senator McGovern (D-SC) who served from 1963-1981.
“Today, its widely viewed as one of the most effective programs we have,” said Greenstein.
SNAP has been so successful because it:
- Encourages work
- Responds to the economy
- Children who Receive SNAP Have Improved Health Outcomes as Adults
The video encourages us “Let’s all make sure SNAP stays strong.”