Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

August 1, 2017


Craig Wilson, JD, MPA
Director, Health Policy


A convergence of actions focus on changing the profile of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Arkansas. In 2016, the state declined to continue a waiver for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) to participate in SNAP beyond the statutory time limit. Arkansas House Bill 1035 of 2017, the “Healthy Food Improvement Act,” sought to limit SNAP benefits to only foods and beverages with sufficient nutritional value based on other federal food program standards. The bill did not receive sufficient legislative support to pass in 2017.

This fact sheet provides an overview of the development of SNAP, eligibility requirements, participation, benefits, and evidence regarding use of purchasing incentives and disincentives.