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SNAP Caseloads Continuing to Fall in 2017

April 24, 2017

SNAP (formerly food stamp) caseloads continued falling in January and have dropped by 11 percent or more than 5 million people since peaking in December 2012, the latest Agriculture Department data show. (See graph.)...

SNAP Participation Has Fallen by More than 5 Million Since December 2012

Interactives: Watch SNAP Respond to the Economy, as Designed

February 2, 2017

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) responds to changes in the economy, growing to help those in need during recessions and then shrinking when the economy improves. Our two new interactive graphics illustrate how SNAP has responded to the economy, as designed, in recent years.

SNAP Participants as Share of Population Rose During Recession but Expected to Continue Falling

SNAP Spending Continued to Fall in 2016

October 18, 2016

SNAP spending fell for the third straight year in fiscal year 2016, new Treasury Department data show.  This shows that SNAP (formerly food stamps) is working as designed: it expanded during the recession and its aftermath to meet increased need, and has fallen as the economy has improved.  

Falling...

In Focus: SNAP Costs Falling, Projected to Fall Further

SNAP Helps Kids Over the Long Term, Too

October 7, 2016

Our series this week on SNAP and children has shown that SNAP (formerly food stamps) helps a diverse group of low-income children, lifts...

Children With Access to SNAP Fare Better Years Later

SNAP Keeps Food on the Table for Low-Income Kids

October 6, 2016

Some 13 million children lived in families that had trouble putting enough food on the table to feed everyone at some time during 2015.  That’s a grave concern, though one that SNAP (formerly food stamps) is addressing, as we describe in our...

SNAP Helps Families Afford Adequate Food

SNAP Lifts Millions of Kids out of Poverty

October 5, 2016

SNAP (formerly food stamps) not only helps a wide-ranging group of children, as my colleague Dottie Rosenbaum has described, it lifts millions of them out of poverty, protecting them from the long-term effects of growing up poor.

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SNAP Kept Millions Out of Poverty and "Deep Poverty" - Below Half the Poverty Line - in 2012

New Data Show Food Insecurity Continues Falling

September 8, 2016

The share of households experiencing food insecurity, meaning someone in the household had inadequate access to food at some point during the year, fell from 14.0 percent in 2014 to 12.7 percent in 2015, new Agriculture Department (USDA) data show, continuing a decline from 2011’s peak of 14.9 percent...

Food Insecurity Fell in 2015 But Remains Above Pre-Recession Levels

CBO Estimates SNAP Spending Will Fall Faster

August 25, 2016

New Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections show that spending on SNAP (formerly food stamps) will fall over the next decade faster than it previously estimated.  SNAP spending will fall as a share of the economy, reaching 1995 levels in 2019 (see chart).  These projections show that SNAP provided an effective response to the recession...

In Focus: SNAP Costs Falling, Projected to Fall Further

SNAP Caseloads Fall Sharply; Three-Month Time Limit a Major Driver

July 13, 2016

SNAP (food stamp) caseloads fell sharply in April, especially in states reinstating a three-month time limit for unemployed childless adults without disabilities.

In Focus: Bigger SNAP Declines in States Newly Imposing Time Limits

Food Banks Brace for Long Lines as Thousands Lose SNAP Benefits

April 20, 2016

Food banks and other organizations that serve the needy are preparing for long lines as childless adults begin losing SNAP benefits due to the return in over 20 states of a three-month time limit for able-bodied adults.

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