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Leading with Nutrition: Leveraging SNAP for Better Health


WHEN: Monday, March 12, 2018 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET

WHERE: Bipartisan Policy Center, 1225 Eye St NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC, 20002

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America is facing intertwined crises of poor nutrition, rising obesity rates, and rising Medicare and Medicaid costs that threaten both the physical and fiscal health of the nation. As the largest federal food and nutrition program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps over 40 million individuals annually afford food for themselves and their families. Despite its successes in reducing food insecurity among low-income individuals, the program could be strengthened to improve nutrition.

In advance of SNAP’s reauthorization in the 2018 Farm Bill, BPC convened the bipartisan SNAP Task Force—led by former Senate majority leader Dr. Bill Frist and former agriculture secretaries Dan Glickman and Ann M. Veneman—to examine ways to promote better health through good nutrition using SNAP and related federal programs. Join us as we release the recommendations of this task force and discuss ways to improve nutrition in America, Leading with Nutrition: Leveraging Federal Programs for Better Health.


Introduction and Opening Remarks

Panel I Discussion

Panel II Discussion



Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA)

Remarks by:

Dr. Bill Frist
Senior Fellow and Co-Chair of the SNAP Task Force, BPC
Former Senate Majority Leader

Dan Glickman
Senior Fellow and Co-Chair of the SNAP Task Force, BPC
Former Secretary of Agriculture

Ann M. Veneman
Co-Chair of the SNAP Task Force, BPC
Former Secretary of Agriculture

Panel discussion with:

Mariana Chilton, Ph.D., MPH
Professor, Drexel University
Co-Chair, National Commission on Hunger

Dan Crippen, Ph.D.
Former Executive Director, National Governors Association
Former Director, Congressional Budget Office

Kara Odom Walker, M.D., MPH
Secretary, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services

John Wernert, M.D.
Former Secretary, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

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