SNAP Basics

SNAP Error Rates at All-Time Lows

The percentage of SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefit dollars issued to ineligible households or to eligible households in excessive amounts fell for the seventh consecutive year in 2013 to 2.61 percent, newly released U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data show. That’s the lowest national overpayment rate since USDA began the current system of measuring error rates in 1981. Read more

Related: SNAP is Effective and Efficient


SNAP Costs Falling, Expected to Fall Further

SNAP spending, which doubled as a share of the economy in the wake of the Great Recession, has begun to decline, as the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and other experts expected.


Chart Book: SNAP Helps Struggling Families Put Food on the Table

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program.

  • SNAP reaches millions of people who need food assistance.
  • SNAP is an efficient part of the nationwide safety net.

This chart book highlights some key characteristics of the more than 47 million people using the program as well as trends and data on program administration and use.



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