July 1, 2021

UPDATE: SNAP Policy for Healthy Foods Convening

ICYMI: The Arkansas Community Foundation, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and UAMS met to discuss improving SNAP policies for healthy foods. Read below for a brief recap of the meeting.
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In partnership with the Arkansas Community Foundation, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Office of Community Health and Research hosted a virtual, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Policy for Healthy Foods meeting on June 22, 2021. The event brought together parties interested in food assistance efforts in Arkansas to learn about, discuss and provide recommendations for SNAP policy in the state.

Parties represented at the meeting included:

  • Arkansas Department of Health
  • American Heart Association
  • Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
  • Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention
  • Arkansas Community Foundation
  • Arkansas Foodbank
  • Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
  • Arkansas Immigrant Defense
  • Cooking Matters, AARP Arkansas
  • Curricula Concepts
  • Excel by Eight
  • Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas
  • Healthy Active Arkansas
  • Ikarus Youth Outreach Program
  • MayDay Community Kitchen
  • Seeds That Feed
  • The Manna Center
  • U of A Division of Ag Cooperative Extension
  • UAMS

 

Participants analyzed suggested policies and strategies to improve access to healthy food within SNAP. Policies and strategies that met prioritization criteria fell under the following categories:

  1. Regulating, restricting and disincentivizing purchasing of particular food and beverages
  2. Incentivizing purchasing of particular food and beverages through match or discount programs
  3. Healthier food retail environments
  4. Increasing reach of SNAP-Ed
  5. Changes to SNAP eligibility, enrollment and benefits structure

 

To learn more about SNAP in Arkansas, please visit here.

To learn more about this effort, please contact Lauren Morris at the Arkansas Community Foundation: lmorris@arcf.org.

Want to learn more about HAA or get involved with one of the three areas of change? Send us your contact information and we’ll be in touch.