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September 8, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Proposed restrictions on SNAP program split health groups

FOOD INSECURITY | Due to the growing concern about the health of US residents, health organizations, and especially anti-obesity organizations, have been working to limit the nation’s sugar intake. Recently, these efforts have meant championing proposed rules to restrict SNAP recipients from buying soda and candy. (Civil Eats, 8/28)

“This issue has pitted anti-obesity and public health groups against the anti-hunger community,” said Dr. Kelly Brownell, dean of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. “On the one hand, the public health community says these beverages are contributing to ill health through obesity and diabetes. On the other hand, the hunger community says people are already stigmatized for using these benefits, and that to take something away would further stigmatize them.”

In 2013, the American Medical Association came out in favor of banning the purchase of sugary drinks with SNAP benefits. Anti-hunger groups, however, remain opposed to SNAP restrictions. In a February research brief the Food Research and Action Center listed numerous reasons for opposing a restriction on SNAP purchases. The center said the program should avoid “singling out poor people based on misconceptions or exaggerations.”

PHILANTHROPY | Darren Walker, president of Ford Foundation, calls for moral courage in America. (Ford, 9/6)

HOUSING 
– Montgomery County officials are increasing their efforts to crack down on problem landlords. (WaPo, 9/7)

– Northern Va. leaders: Home building grinds to halt after state law change (WTOP, 9/7)

WORKFORCE
– The US Department of Labor has removed the District’s designation as “high risk” due to its improvements in job training and employment programs. (WaPo, 9/7)

– Opioid use responsible for 20 percent of drop in American men from labor force, study finds (Baltimore Sun, 9/7)

REFUGEESAppeals Court Limits Trump Travel Ban and Allows More Refugees (NYT, 9/7)

TRANSIT | Regional leaders are still grappling with the issue of Metro funding. (InsideNOVA, 9/7)


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