Child and adult participation in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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The quality of life we all want in our community is directly connected to the public structures we build and maintain. Our parks, schools, social services and infrastructure are what make our state a good place to live and work. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is one such public service designed to ensure adequate nutrition, particularly for children. Undernourished children are at risk for illness, cognitive delays and poor social skills, the effects of which will continue to influence their development later in life. According to an analysis released by the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, nearly 50% of all U.S. children and 90% of black children will be on food benefits at some point during their childhood. SNAP provides food benefits and nutrition assistance to eligible low income families, enabling children to receive the nutrition they need to flourish.
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