Fighting Poverty with SNAP

September 08, 2021
12pm - 1pm PT / 3pm - 4pm ET

Fighting Poverty with SNAP
A Framework to Bolster the Social Safety Net

Join us Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 12pm PT / 3pm ET for a critical discussion on the urgent need to bolster the social safety net to fight poverty in the US. Food Stamps, now known as SNAP, for decades has acted as a lifeline for families in need of assistance, especially during economic downturns. But the program has limitations, including employment as an eligibility requirement, that prevent millions of people from accessing crucial benefits. At this event we'll hear from the authors of a new report from the Othering & Belonging Institute, called "Fighting Poverty with SNAP," which presents a broad framework to expand programs like SNAP and Universal Basic Income. The framework envisions these programs operating at their full capacity as anti-poverty tools, rather than merely addressing the outcomes of economic inequality, like food insecurity. The event will also feature policy advocates who will explain what such a framework would mean for millions of people in this country living in or at risk of poverty.



  • Elsadig Elsheikh, Director of Global Justice, Othering & Belonging Institute

  • Hossein Ayazi, Project Policy Analyst, Othering & Belonging Institute & Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies, Williams College

  • Hilary Hoynes, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, UC Berkeley

  • Betzabel Estudillo, Senior Advocate, Nourish California

  • Miriam Magaña Lopez (moderator), Research and Policy Analyst, Othering & Belonging Institute

About the speakers

Hossein Ayazi is a Project Policy Analyst with the Global Justice Program at the Othering & Belonging Institute and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the American Studies Program at Williams College. His areas of research and teaching include natural resource governance; agrarian change; international development; U.S. racial capitalism; and global migration.

Elsadig Elsheikh is the Global Justice Program Director at Othering & Belonging Institute. Elsadig’s research focuses on the themes and socio-political dynamics related to neoliberalism; nation-state and citizenship; structural mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion.

Hilary Hoynes is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy and holds the Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities at the University of California Berkeley where she also co-directs the Berkeley Opportunity Lab. Her research focuses on poverty, inequality, food and nutrition programs, and the impacts of government tax and transfer programs on low income families.

Betzabel Estudillo is a Senior Advocate at Nourish California. She oversees the organization’s #Food4All Campaign to increase food access among immigrant Californians. Betzabel also works to ensure students’ access to school meals and increase immigrant participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Miriam Magaña Lopez is a Research and Policy Analyst with the Institute's Network for Transformative Change. Her work has primarily focused on understanding how economic, political and social structures impact the health of immigrant farm workers.

This event is being organized by the Othering & Belonging Institute, and co-sponsored by Nourish California, the Berkeley Food Institute, the California Immigrant Policy Center, the Goldman School of Public Policy, One Fair Wage, Urban Tilth, and the Alameda County Community Food Bank.