Tag Archives: food

NASW Opposes Changes in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

It is estimated that 42 million Americans nationwide received SNAP benefits, which is roughly 13 percent of the U.S. population, who are poor.

By NASW Director Public Policy Sarah Christa Butts, LMSW Given the social work professions’ values and primary mission to enhance human wellbeing and help meet basic human needs, especially of people who are vulnerable and living in poverty, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly opposes rule changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would eliminate benefits for ... Read More »

Nutrition plays role in mental well-being

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social work has a long history of helping prevent food insecurity by supporting programs that supplement diet and nutritional needs of low-income families and single adults. However, growing research shows an important connection food security and nutrition play not only in physical health, but also mental health, social workers say. One example is the ... Read More »

Census Bureau Develops Supplemental Poverty Measure

NASW was pleased with the announcement yesterday that the Census Bureau has created a supplemental poverty measure. The measure will use the best new data and methodologies to obtain an improved understanding of the economic well-being of American families and of how federal policies affect those living in poverty. The current poverty level is determined by a family’s cash income and the ... Read More »