||Objective: In the midst of high rates of participation in the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP) and concerns for the associations between food insecurity
and certain negative health conditions, the purpose of this project was to examine
if the CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity should support
the bi-monthly disbursal of SNAP benefits.
Design: The project set out to review research done regarding SNAP participant health
and food purchasing behavior, and interview SNAP participants, food pantry managers,
grocery store managers, and relevant researchers. This was performed to determine
if bi-monthly disbursal of SNAP benefits would be beneficial to SNAP participants
and other parties that would be affected by the policy change, such as food pantries
and grocery stores.
Interviewee Respondents: 31 SNAP participants, eight food pantry managers, five grocery
store representatives, and four researchers were interviewed regarding bi-monthly
SNAP benefit disbursal.
Recommendation: The CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity should
recommend that the USDA perform a significant survey of SNAP participants to better
identify the number that would be affected by a change to bi-monthly benefit disbursal.
In addition, the survey should be performed to better determine the benefits and costs
of the change, to thus adequately identify whether a pilot project of the policy should