As a House-Senate conference committee considers changes to SNAP as part of the Farm Bill, some critics have called for large SNAP cuts in part on the grounds that SNAP is growing out of control. But recent data show that that the spending growth has ended and that SNAP is following the pattern of previous recessions, as CBO and other experts expected. Read more
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) is the nation's most important anti-hunger program. In 2011, it helped almost 45 million low-income Americans to afford a nutritionally adequate diet in a typical month.
Nearly 75 percent of SNAP participants are in families with children;more than one-quarter of participants are in households with seniors or people with disabilities.
- A Quick Guide to SNAP Eligibility and Benefits
- Video: Making America Stronger: U.S. Food Stamp Program
- Podcast: The Food Stamp Program
SNAP is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program.
This chartbook highlights some of the key characteristics of the almost 47 million people using the program as well as trends and data on program administration and use.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP —formerly the Food Stamp Program) is the cornerstone of the nation’s safety net and nutrition assistance programs. In recent years SNAP has achieved impressive results in meeting the needs of low-income Americans while maintaining strong program integrity and payment accuracy.
November 20, 2013
Revised October 28, 2013
Census Data Show Poverty and Inequality Remained High in 2012 and Median Income Was Stagnant, But Fewer Americans Were Uninsured
September 20, 2013
Statement of Robert Greenstein on the Census Bureau's 2012 Poverty, Income, and Health Insurance Data
September 17, 2013
September 13, 2013
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