July 21, 2015

Promoting Economic Mobility Through Evidence-Based SNAP Innovations

To bring the lens of evidence to our nation’s nutrition policies, Results for America – in partnership with NYU Washington, DC – hosted a forum on promoting economic mobility through bipartisan, data-driven, evidence-based innovations in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The event highlighted the data being collected and evidence that supports these interventions and identified innovations designed to:

• Increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers, particularly at local and regional retailers such as farmers’ markets; and

• Support community economic development and local agriculture.

A newly released report from the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture’s non-profit Mobile Markets saw sales of healthy, locally grown foods increase by 120 percent in low-food access neighborhoods in 2014. The increase in sales demonstrates a strong demand for healthy, fresh, affordable foods in predominantly low-income communities where access to traditional grocery stores is limited. Moreover, the report underscores the need for continued investment in SNAP and other food nutrition programs to be implemented based on the best evidence and data about what works.

Results for America also announced the addition of two new Non-Profit Moneyball for Government All-Stars. Pamela Hess, executive director, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, and Yael Lehmann, executive director, The Food Trust were named to the bipartisan Moneyball for Government All-Star team for the their leadership in supporting efforts to invest in what works. As Non-Profit All-Stars, Hess and Lehmann agree that government at all levels, including local governments, should:

• Build evidence about the practices, policies and programs that will achieve the most effective and efficient results so that policymakers can make better decisions;

• Invest limited taxpayer dollars in practices, policies and programs that use data, evidence and evaluation to demonstrate they work; and

• Direct funds away from practices, policies, and programs that consistently fail to achieve measurable outcomes.

The full list can be found on the Moneyball for Government All-Stars website.


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Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes

Pamela Hess

Pamela Hess

Lindsey Haynes-Maslow

Lindsey Haynes-Maslow

John Weidman

John Weidman