Smart Choices in Hard Times

This resource guide aims to improve the state and local use of federal nutrition programs and help states leverage substantial additional federal nutrition dollars. As millions of families and thousands of communities strive to move from a deep recession to a sustained economic recovery, officials can use the strategies outlined in this guide to make “smart choices” and maximize federal nutrition benefits. Advocates can use the strategies to prioritize suggestions to policymakers and help guide efforts to improve the breadth and depth of the programs.


Section One: SNAP/Food Stamp Policy Options Especially Effective in Helping Working Families and the Newly Jobless

Section Two: SNAP/Food Stamp Policy Options Especially Effective in Helping Older Americans and Persons with Disabilities

Section Three: SNAP/Food Stamp Policy Options to Increase Benefits For All Low-Income Households and Reduce Agency Workloads

Section Four: SNAP/Food Stamp Policy Options for Agency Workload Reduction

Section Five: Increasing Participation in the Afterschool and Summer Nutrition Programs

Section Six: Increasing Participation by Low-income Children in the School Breakfast and Lunch Programs

Section Seven: Increasing Participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program