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Agriculture Committee holds hearing: Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: The Means to Climbing the Economic Ladder

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Washington, DC, June 10, 2015 | comments

Today, the House Agriculture Committee continued its full-scale review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as the Past, Present, and Future of SNAP, by examining the tools that are available to help SNAP recipients climb the economic ladder. Members of the committee heard from a panel of witnesses who have extensive on-the-ground experience working with individuals to help them enter, re-enter, and remain in the workforce. 

“SNAP plays an important role in the lives of nearly 46 million Americans, but the program does not operate in a vacuum and cannot take on the larger challenges of poverty alone,” Chairman Conaway said. “Employment is what makes it possible for individuals and families to climb the economic ladder and rise out of poverty. To do that, many individuals need additional help and resources before, during, and after employment is found. Though SNAP has long had an employment and training component, it has decreased its level of engagement with recipients when the opposite should be happening. I appreciate the valuable insight from our witnesses who strive to address the individual challenges faced by vulnerable Americans through strong case management and engagement.”

Written testimony provided by the witnesses from today’s hearing is linked below. Click here for more information, including Subcommittee Chairman Conaway's opening statement and the archived webcast.

Witness List:

Mr. Patrick Raglow, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, OK 

Mr. Leon Samuels, Executive Director, STRIVE DC, Washington, DC 

Ms. Elisabeth D. Babcock, MCRP, PhD, President and CEO, Crittenton Women’s Union, Boston, MA  

Mr. Grant Collins, Senior Vice President, Fedcap Rehabilitation Services Inc., New York, NY

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