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Witnesses to Hunger Members Produce Article on SNAP

By Gabe Halperin-Goldstein

Diane Sullivan Presenting at House Committee
Photo Courtesy of Children's Health Watch

November 4, 2019

Philadelphia Witnesses to Hunger members Tianna Gaines-Turner and Joanna Cruz Simmons published an article on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from the perspective of program participants with Center Director Mariana Chilton, PhD. “Recommendations From SNAP Participants to Improve Wages and End Stigma [PDF]” was published in the American Journal of Public Health on Oct. 17.

The authors rely on first-hand experience with poverty and SNAP to present a series of policy recommendations including changes to SNAP, universal basic income, and higher wages. The article builds on prior work by Turner and Simmons. Turner co-authored a paper on qualitative research methods in public health [PDF] and Simmons co-authored a paper on major drivers of food insecurity.

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