274688 Food stamps, follow the money: Are corporations profiting from hungry Americans?

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

Michele Simon, JD, MPH , Eat Drink Politics, Oakland, CA
Most public discussions regarding whether or not to restrict SNAP (food stamps)purchases (for items such as soft drinks) have pitted public health groups against anti-hunger advocates. But left out of the conversation has been the role of the food industry. By far the largest component of the farm bill, SNAP represents a $72 billion subsidy to the food industry. And yet, we have relatively little information about how that tax money gets spent. The presentation will explain how the soft drink industry lobbied against the New York waiver application in 2011 and continues to lobby in state legislatures around the nation to maintain the status quo. How much the food industry benefits from SNAP spending is critical to the ongoing discussion regarding potential restriction of those benefits. Methods include researching corporate lobbying how much companies benefit from SNAP.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe how junk food companies and retailers benefit most from SNAP 2) Explain food industry lobbying against restrictions for SNAP purchases 3) Explain how to expand the debate regarding SNAP funding

Keywords: Public Health Policy, Regulations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified because of 17 years of experience in public health policy including researching and writing about the food industry. I have a JD and MPH and I am President of Eat, Drink, Politics and am published on this specific topic.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.