WASHINGTON, DC – In response to news reports that USDA is encouraging increased participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through Spanish soap operas, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack demanding a full accounting of the scope and effectiveness of taxpayer funded promotional campaigns on the SNAP program.
The following is the text of the letter:
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) advertises and conducts outreach for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to a wide audience. With that premise, I respectfully request that you provide data to thoroughly answer the following questions. For each of the past ten fiscal years, please provide data (both summary and individual data sets) to detail:
“In this budget climate, it is absolutely critical that Congress consider and understand the full impact of all budgetary expenditures in the SNAP program, including the breadth and scope of SNAP advertising. I look forward to receiving your response to these most important questions.”
Senator Roberts is Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, which has jurisdiction on the SNAP program.