Defeating Hunger

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Poor nutrition, especially in children, has a life-long impact. Research shows that even a few weeks of sustained malnutrition at the wrong time can damage a young child’s cognitive development and limit his or her potential for life. With the second-highest overall poverty rate in the country—and nearly one-third of our children living in poor households—hunger is prevalent in New Mexico. As a result, hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) every day to feed their families. Unfortunately, poor administrative practices by the state cause eligible families to lose benefits and face long delays in receiving assistance, even under emergency conditions. For example, in 2014, the state had a waiting list of applicants roughly 10% the size of the entire recipient pool.

The Center works to improve administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program so that hungry New Mexicans can find help when they need it most.

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