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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Write an initial proposal of no more than 1,050 words regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Make sure to:
- Identify the internal and external environments that influence your plan's process.
- Analyze the effect that these environments have on the success of your policy plan.
- Elaborate on the various benefits of implementing a change with this public policy issue.
- Identify any ethical considerations that must be acknowledged before the project may begin.

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Hi there,
In this particular task, you are being asked to forward a proposal that will forward what you see as essential changes to the SNAP program. Policymakers look at a policy from a political, economic and social viewpoint. I think you should anchor your proposed policy change on any or all of these perspectives. The policy change does not have to be extensive - it has to be workable. The reality in advocating for policy changes in any political system is that while you mean well, politics will always influence how the legislative body votes and the simpler the policy change is, the more sympathetic it is to issues that have impact to people, politicians will vote in a way that adheres to their party and forwards their own interests. I therefore suggest using this outline and topic:

1. Introduction on SNAP - 150 words
2. Main Issue with SNAP (your key criticism) and explain your basis - 200 words
3. Internal and External environment (relate to #2) affecting your policy proposal - 200 words
4. Impact of the environment on success - 150 words
5. Benefits of suggested change - 200 words
6. Ethics issues to consider - 150 words

I suggest using the initial research of a particular group of scientists as a basis for your own proposed policy change like this White Paper but push forward for a specific interpretation: www.azdhs.gov/phs/bnp/nupao/documents/SNAP_White_Paper_12-14-11l.pdf
The reason behind this is that the initial research has already been done for you and it's a popular concern and position among a number of sectors in society. This means if you want to push further, you will already have an available body of literature for your literature review. Also, it is social, political and economic in terms of impact. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

The SNAP Program

One of the most fundamental programs in the US is the federal aid program known by its acronym SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is widely known by its former name - the Food Stamp Program. It is generally understood that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), who supervises the program, distribute the benefits to each of the US states and benefitting territories. Those who qualify for the aid are those considered to be of low income and/or without income with the following eligibility standards (CRII, 2013):

It is therefore not a surprise to see the homeless and the poor depend entirely on SNAP food stamps for nutrition, to feed themselves and their families. The program is also available to sponsored non-citizens who had already been admitted for permanent residence in the US and for one reason or another find themselves in vulnerable positions. The US Department of Agriculture has published a non-citizen requirement in 2003 and the rules still apply today. This guide can be found here - http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/rules/Legislation/pdfs/Non_Citizen_Guidance.pdf

The current state of privation in the US, brought on by the recession of 2009 is set at 15.1% or 46.2 million for 2012 according to the US Census Bureau. Their report ...

Solution Summary

Supplemental nutrition assistance programs are examined.