Release No. 0272.10
Office of Communications (202) 720-4623
USDA Unveils New Consumer
Information Resources About
SNAP for People in Need of Food Assistance
New SNAP Retail Locator and Signage Will Help Consumers Find Local Stores that
Accept Benefits; Help Reduce Hunger and Promote Food Security Nationwide
WASHINGTON, May 19,
2010 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new resources designed
to increase participation and expand access to the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP), including new promotional materials proclaiming “We
Welcome SNAP Benefits.” The new display will be used nationwide by retailers
participating in the program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.
department is also premiering the
an online search tool to help recipients locate a SNAP-authorized store near
their home or workplace. USDA Under Secretary for Food,
Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon made the announcement today
on Vilsack’s behalf in an address to officials from the National Grocers
Association, Food Marketing Institute, and Electronic Funds Transfer
SNAP benefits are welcome, rather than merely accepted, signals an important
change in the way both retailers and program participants view these benefits,”
Vilsack said. “These new tools
will allow us to improve access and increase participation in SNAP, which serves
as a vital resource to the most vulnerable Americans. Breaking down barriers to
participation will help the Obama Administration deliver on its goal of reducing
hunger and improving nutrition across the country.
benefits, which are now provided to recipients electronically, help low income
families put healthy food on the table and provide an economic stimulus that
strengthens communities. Research shows that every $5 in new SNAP benefits
generates as much as $9.20 in economic activity. While SNAP benefits are
administered by states, they are 100 percent federally funded and move quickly
into local economies, with 97 percent of SNAP benefits redeemed within a month.
SNAP Retailer Locator is designed to help recipients find local stores that
welcome SNAP benefits. The tool is intended to offer assistance to program
recipients, State eligibility workers, community organizations – such as food
banks – and others providing assistance to those in need.
To learn more about the SNAP
Retail Locator will make it easier for SNAP participants, especially those who
may be new and unfamiliar with the program, to gain access to food,” said
Under Secretary Concannon.
“The new resource is
another critical step in improving access to SNAP by providing participants with
information to make more informed shopping choices.”
child nutrition programs are a top priority of the Obama Administration.
Congress is currently considering legislation to bolster the Child Nutrition
Act, which authorizes the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Summer
Food Service Programs. These programs serve nearly 32 million children each
school day and work in concert to form a national safety net against hunger.
Improving the Child Nutrition Act is the legislative centerpiece of First Lady
Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign and highlighted in the White House
Solving the Problem of Childhood
Obesity Within a Generation
released Tuesday, May 11. By passing strong reauthorization legislation, with
the full $1 billion annual increase requested in President Obama’s budget, the
Administration hopes to reduce hunger, promote access, and improve the overall
health and nutrition of children throughout the country. To learn more about
the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign, visit
Administration has proposed an historic investment of an additional $10 billion
over ten years, which would encourage improvements in the use of direct
certification so that more children on SNAP are automatically enrolled for free
school meals, enable training for school food service workers, upgrade kitchen
equipment, and provide additional funding for meal reimbursements for schools
that are enhancing nutrition and quality. This investment will allow additional
fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat and fat-free dairy products to be
served in our school cafeterias, and an additional one million students to be
served the healthy diets in school.
USDA’s Food and
Nutrition Service administers 15 nutrition-assistance programs, including SNAP
and the school meal programs that touch the lives of one in four Americans over
the course of a year. These programs work in concert to form a national safety
net against hunger. The largest program, SNAP, puts healthy food on the table
for 39.7 million people each month. Visit
for information about FNS and nutrition assistance programs.