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Urban Institute/Feeding America Webcast on June 7th: The Food Safety Net during the Great Recession

The timely video webcast below. moderated by Jason DeParle of the NYT, will likely provide excellent talking points for defending SNAP in the months ahead, especially during the upcoming Farm Bill deliberations. 


Event Invitation from the Urban Institute

The Food Safety Net During the Great Recession:
Growth, Gains, Gaps

Thursday, June 7, 2012 • 9:00–10:45 a.m. ET

To watch the video webcast or a recording, go to
(No registration necessary.)


Opening remarks: Kevin Concannon, undersecretary for food, nutrition, and consumer services, U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Urban Institute and Feeding America present a special video webcast designed to elevate public dialogue about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the food safety net. Spotlighting the kickoff portion of a daylong symposium, the webcast, moderated by Jason DeParle of the New York Times, will present

  • poverty and hunger overview, with Jim Ziliak, University of Kentucky;
  • SNAP history—the ebb and flow of policy and the economy, with Steve Carlson, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA;
  • factors leading to recent SNAP trends, with Margaret Andrews, Economic Research Service, USDA;
  • the role of SNAP in reducing poverty, with Dean Jolliffe, World Bank;
  • the effect of food prices on food security, with Christian Gregory, Economic Research Service, USDA; and
  • SNAP participation, with Carol Trippe, Mathematica Policy Research.

The symposium’s proceedings, made possible by support from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, will be synthesized in a policy brief this summer. The discussions will also examine SNAP’s effects on hunger, obesity, and diabetes; SNAP service delivery innovations; and family coping strategies.