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.
- Memorandum Concerning Status of Defendant’s Compliance with Consent Decree and Subsequent Orders and Request for Sanctions (June 2017)
- Proposed Order Appointing Special Master (July 2015)
- Proposed Finding that NM Human Services Department be Held in Contempt (July 2016)
- Press Release: NM HSD Found in Contempt, Federal Magistrate Recommends Special Master Oversee Food and Medical Assistance (July 2016)
- HSD flawed SNAP Time Limit implementation enjoined by Federal Court (March 2016)