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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
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
February 28, 2017

Toddlers living in food-insecure families are likelier to perform poorly when they enter school, a recent study found. It’s more evidence that SNAP and WIC, by reducing food insecurity, can pay off both now...

Child With Apple
February 27, 2017

The federal budget season will soon begin, so it’s a good time to remind policymakers about the research showing how important SNAP (food stamps) and WIC are for children...

Child in Grocery Cart
February 21, 2017

The upcoming budgets from the Trump Administration and congressional Republicans are expected to contain deep cuts in domestic programs. A pair of CBPP reports show why two of the principal arguments that proponents will likely use to justify such cuts — that widespread growth in federal programs throughout the budget is the source of the nation’s fiscal problems, and that programs assisting...

Non-Interest Spending Outside Medicare and Social Security Set to Fall in Coming Decade
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
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
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
November 21, 2016

As we think about what we have to be thankful for this holiday season, we should remember that millions of Americans can’t afford two of the most basic necessities:  adequate food and shelter. 

In Focus: Food Insecurity Fell in 2015 But Remains Above Pre-Recession Levels
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.  

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In Focus: SNAP Costs Falling, Projected to Fall Further

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