HEALTH

CRN praises bill that would include supplements in SNAP assistance

BY David Salazar

The Council for Responsible Nutrition recently praised two senators and two representatives for their work to introduce the SNAP Vitamin and Mineral Improvement Act. The bill was introduced by Sens. Tim Scott and Kyrsten Sinema and Reps. Tony Cárdenas and Mike Rogers on June 5.

If enacted, the bill would help bridge nutrient gaps among individuals receiving supplemental nutritional assistance program benefits, amending the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to include certain multivitamin-mineral dietary supplements in eligibility for purchase with SNAP benefits.

“CRN thanks Senators Scott and Sinema and Representatives Cárdenas and Rogers for their commitment and leadership in support of this common-sense legislation,” said Mike Greene, senior vice president, government relations, CRN.

CRN said recent research has highlighted the nutritionally inadequate diets among low-income Americans and the role that a multivitamin can play in helping deliver adequate levels of necessary nutrients.

“Americans are not getting enough nutrients from food alone, and a multivitamin, in combination with a balanced diet, can fill nutrient gaps,” Greene said. “The facts have always been there, but the law has not. With today’s introduction of The SNAP Vitamin and Mineral Improvement Act, there is a glimmer of hope that we will be able to finally empower low-income consumers with a choice for better nutrition.”

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