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Mariana Chilton Named to Bipartisan Policy Center's SNAP Taskforce

September 15, 2017

Center Director, Mariana Chilton, was named to the Bipartisan Policy Center's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Taskforce. The task force will identify ways to strengthen the SNAP program in preparation for the 2018 Farm Bill. 

Below is an except from the press release announcing the task force:

As negotiations begin on the 2018 Farm Bill, the Bipartisan Policy Center today launched the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Task Force. The aim of the group is to explore policy recommendations on the federal and state level for using SNAP, SNAP-Education, and related federal programs to improve health, combat poor nutrition, and reduce health care costs.

The 13-member task force is led by three co-chairs: Bill Frist, M.D., former U.S. Senate majority leader and BPC senior fellow; Dan Glickman, former secretary of agriculture and BPC senior fellow; and Ann Veneman, former secretary of agriculture.

“Our goal is to find bipartisan ways to strengthen and protect this essential anti-poverty program that serves over 40 million Americans,” said Glickman. “We know there are ways to improve and modernize administration, nutritional support, integrity, and effectiveness to bolster the extraordinarily positive impact the program is having across the country.”

Task Force members include a robust roster of health, public health, and social service policy experts and administrators:

  • Mariana Chilton, Professor, Drexel University and former National Commission on Hunger co-chair
  • Dan Crippen, former NGA executive director and former CBO director
  • Karen DeSalvo, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health
  • Dave Krepcho, President and CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
  • Kara Odom Walker, Secretary, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
  • Angela Rachidi, Research Fellow, AEI
  • John Wernert, former Secretary, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
  • Richard Whitley, Director, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
  • Laurie Whitsel, Director of Policy Research, American Heart Association
  • Norbert Wilson, Professor, Tufts University

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