The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

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Purpose of Program In regards to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the purpose of the organization could be described as insuring that eligible, low-income individuals and families have access to nutritional and economic benefits. According to the United Stated Department of Agriculture, SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net (USDA, 2016). The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) assists state agencies, nutrition educators, neighborhood, and faith-based organizations to ensure that those deemed eligible for nutritional assistance are able to make informed decisions in regards to applying for the program and are able to access benefits. The FNS also works with state partners and the retail community …show more content…
On the 7th day of February, 2014, President Barack Obama would sign into law the 2014 Farm Bill, which is also referred to as the Agricultural Act of 2014. In April, 2015 the USDA awarded $31.5 million in funding to local, state, and national organizations to support programs that help participants in SNAP increase their purchase of fruits and vegetables.
Philosophical Base of Program When attempting to determine whether SNAP is residual or institutional, one must first be able to differentiate between the two. Residual Social Work is defined as either “reactive” or “gap-filling”. This sort of approach deals with needs as they come and attends to those that can’t be addressed by any other societal means. On the other hand, Institutional Social Work takes an approach that everyone deserves some form of support by the government and community even without an obvious and direct request for help. Stemming from a liberal perspective, SNAP’s assistance is based on a need basis and is identified as Residual due to its support being determined based on whether or not an individual is in need of aid. Although more Residual than Institutional, SNAP contains traces of Institutional characteristics due to its preventive nature in anticipating problems that may arise and resolve them as early as possible (Andrews, 2014).
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