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SNAP Marks Four Years of Falling Caseloads

March 16, 2017

The number of SNAP (formerly food stamps) recipients is now below 43 million -- a decline of almost 5 million people (or 10 percent) since the December 2012 peak -- new Agriculture Department data for December 2016 show. (See chart.) Though most of the drop since 2012 is because fewer Americans need SNAP...

Number of SNAP Participants Keeps Falling

Chairman Roberts Reiterates Opposition to SNAP Block Grant

March 8, 2017

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts reaffirmed his opposition yesterday to block-granting SNAP (formerly called food stamps), saying a block grant is “not the answer,” “SNAP...

93 Percent of Federal SNAP Spending Is for Food

CBO: SNAP Spending Will Continue Falling

January 27, 2017

Spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue to fall as the economy recovers and the number of SNAP participants falls, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reiterated this week in updated spending projections (see chart). CBO’s estimate of SNAP spending over the next ten years, based on the SNAP rules now...

In Focus: SNAP Costs Falling, Projected to Fall Further

SNAP Rolls Fell by 9 Percent Since 2012 Due to Economic Recovery and Time Limit

January 6, 2017

The number of people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps, the nation’s most important anti-hunger program) has dropped by more than 4 million people, or 9 percent, since peaking in December 2012, our new paper explains. That...

SNAP Caseloads Falling in Most States

SNAP Helps Diverse Group of Low-Income Children

October 4, 2016

I explained yesterday that SNAP (formerly food stamps) will help about 20 million children each month this year.  Today, let’s take a closer look at who they are.

Among those children are kids of all ages, with a wide variety of races and ethnicities.  They live in all types of communities, in...

SNAP Overwhelmingly Goes to Poor Families

SNAP’s Importance to Millions of Families with Children

October 3, 2016

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will help about 20 million children each month this year.  SNAP’s support is critical for America’s low-income children: no other nutrition or income support program reaches as many at-risk children or contributes as much to the overall resources of very low-income households with children, as we explain in our...

SNAP Helps Large Share of U.S. Children

SNAP Supports Kids’ Well-Being

September 29, 2016

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) delivers more nutrition assistance to low-income children than any other federal program.  While SNAP provides only a modest benefit of $1.35 per person per meal for families with children, it forms a critical foundation for children’...

SNAP Supports Children's Healthy Development

SNAP Caseloads Falling in More Than 40 States

August 2, 2016

SNAP (food stamp) caseloads have shrunk by more than 4 million people since peaking in December 2012, our new paper explains, reflecting both an improving economy and the return in many states of a...

SNAP Caseloads Falling in Most States

Higher SNAP Benefits Mean More Groceries, Better Nutrition

June 14, 2016

Boosting SNAP (food stamp) benefits raises not only the amount that low-income households spend on groceries but also its nutritional quality, a new study from CBPP’s Policy Futures project...

Higher SNAP Benefits Mean More Groceries, Better Nutrition

Modernizing SNAP Benefits

May 25, 2016

SNAP (food stamp) benefit levels are “based on increasingly outdated assumptions, including unreasonable expectations about households’ availability of time to prepare food, and need to be modernized,” a new paper that James P. Ziliak presented at a...

Food Assistance Soup

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