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  • SNAP Helps Roughly 1.7 Million Struggling Veterans, Including Thousands in Every State
    Brynne Keith-Jennings
    November 11, 2014

    Roughly 1.7 million veterans live in households that participated in SNAP (formerly food stamps) at some point during the past 12 months, CBPP analysis of data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey finds.  In every state, thousands of struggling veterans use SNAP to help put food on the table; in two …
  • A Quick Guide to SNAP Eligibility and Benefits
    Revised September 29, 2014

    Most families and individuals who meet the program’s income guidelines are eligible for food stamps.  The size of a family’s food stamp benefit is based on its income and certain expenses.  This paper provides a short summary of eligibility and benefit calculation rules.

  • SNAP Academy Webinar Series
    September 19, 2014

    The SNAP Academy is a webinar series that seeks to educate state and local advocates, application assisters, and outreach workers with information on SNAP. The goal is to improve understanding of the program.  The webinar topics include: Overview of SNAP and its role in the safety net, Who is eligible and household …
  • Commentary: The Ryan “Opportunity Grant” Proposal — A Reply to Scott Winship
    Robert Greenstein
    September 9, 2014

    In a recent commentary, I raised serious concerns about the centerpiece of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new poverty plan — his sweeping proposal to merge 11 programs ranging from SNAP (food stamps) to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) into a single block grant.[1]  The Manhattan …
  • SNAP's Excess Medical Expense Deduction
    Ty Jones
    August 20, 2014

    Executive Summary The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides over 8 million struggling elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities (as well as millions of other low-income households) with benefits that they can use to purchase food.  Many low-income …
  • Community Eligibility Database: Eligible and Near-Eligible Schools by Identified Student Percentage
    August 12, 2014

    This searchable database provides information on the schools that will be eligible in the 2014-2015 school year for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a powerful new tool to ensure that low-income children have access to breakfast and lunch at no charge through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.  High-poverty schools …
  • New Policy Makes It Easier for Community Eligibility Schools to Participate in E-Rate Program
    Zoë Neuberger and Becca Segal
    August 6, 2014

    A new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) policy will make it easier for school districts adopting the Community Eligibility Provision — through which they can serve meals at no charge to all students — to apply for discounted telecommunications services and Internet access through the E-rate program.[1]  The …
  • Improving Direct Certification Will Help More Low-Income Children Receive School Meals
    Madeleine Levin (Food Research and Action Center) and Zoë Neuberger (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
    July 25, 2014

    The National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) are powerful tools that alleviate child hunger and improve child well-being.  To make sure that the most vulnerable children have access to much-needed school meals and to make …
  • More Than 28,000 Schools Can Become Hunger Free
    Zoë Neuberger, Becca Segal, and Mona Hussein
    Updated July 25, 2014

    The Community Eligibility Provision is a powerful new tool to ensure that low-income children in high-poverty neighborhoods have access to healthy meals at school.  Established in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, next year community eligibility will allow more than 28,000 schools in high-poverty neighborhoods to …
  • Testimony of Stacy Dean, Vice President for Food Assistance Policy Before the House Committee on Agriculture's Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition
    Stacy Dean
    July 24, 2014

    Thank you for the opportunity to testify today.  I am Stacy Dean, Vice President for Food Assistance Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, an independent, non-profit, nonpartisan policy institute located here in Washington.  The Center conducts research and analysis on a range of federal and state policy …
  • Video: Community Eligibility - Making Schools Hunger Free
    July 9, 2014

    The school meals program has a new option, community eligibility, that allows schools with large numbers of low-income children to serve breakfasts and lunches free of charge. More than 28,000 high-poverty schools nationwide are eligible to participate. This 70 second video short highlights the …
  • SNAP Error Rates at All-Time Lows
    Dottie Rosenbaum
    July 2, 2014

    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 …
  • Implications of Community Eligibility for the Education of Disadvantaged Students Under Title I
    Wayne Riddle[1]
    June 26, 2014

    The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 created a new option, known as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), for how schools can operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.  Under CEP, free meals are provided to all students at participating schools for four years.  Community eligibility was …
  • The Community Eligibility Provision: Alternatives to School Meal Applications
    Jessie Hewins and Madeline Levin, Food Research and Action Center and
    Becca Segal and Zoe Neuberger, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

    June 19, 2014

    “Community eligibility” is a powerful new tool to ensure that low-income children in high-poverty neighborhoods have access to healthy meals at school.  Established in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, community eligibility streamlines school meal operations and allows schools in high-poverty areas to offer …
  • Commentary: Is Congress About to Undercut Progress Against Childhood Obesity?
    Zoë Neuberger
    Updated June 17, 2014

    The Senate this week will consider the annual Agriculture Department funding bill, which covers the child nutrition programs.  The bill includes measures promoted by industry lobbyists that would undercut reforms designed to improve children’s nutrition and combat childhood obesity.  It’s critical that …
  • A Closer Look at Who Benefits from SNAP: State-by-State Fact Sheets
    Brynne Keith-Jennings
    Updated June 9, 2014

    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program, reaching nearly 47 million people nationwide in 2013 alone. These fact sheets provide state-by-state data on who participates in the SNAP program, the benefits they receive, and SNAP’s role in strengthening …
  • Chart Book: SNAP Helps Struggling Families Put Food on the Table
    Updated June 4, 2014

    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program.  SNAP reaches millions of people who need food assistance.  It is one of the few means-tested government benefit programs available to almost all households with low incomes.  For more detail on the program’s basics, see …
  • Policy Basics: Introduction to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    Updated June 4, 2014

    What Is SNAP? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program.  In 2013, it helped more than 47 million low-income Americans to afford a nutritionally adequate diet in a typical month. Seventy percent of SNAP participants are in families with …
  • Summary of Implications of Community Eligibility for Title I
    Zoë Neuberger and Wayne Riddle[1]
    June 2, 2014

    Nearly 16 million children in the United States live in households that have trouble affording enough nutritious food.  The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 created a new option for schools in high-poverty areas to serve meals at no charge to all students without collecting meal applications, thereby expanding low-income …
  • SNAP Costs Falling, Expected to Fall Further
    Dottie Rosenbaum and Brynne Keith-Jennings
    Updated May 28, 2014

    SNAP spending, which doubled as a share of the economy (gross domestic product or GDP) in the wake of the Great Recession, has begun to decline, as the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and other experts expected. SNAP spending as a share of GDP was stable in fiscal years 2012 and 2013 and is on track to fall substantially …
  • Online Services for Key Low-Income Benefit Programs
    Revised May 6, 2014

    Virtually all states have made basic program information on the five main state-administered low-income benefit programs — SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps), Medicaid, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), and child care …
  • SNAP Online: A Review of State Government SNAP Websites
    Updated May 6, 2014

    All states make information regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program,[1] including their applications, state policy manuals or regulations, and general program information, available to the public via the Internet.[2]  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reviewed all the states’ web …
  • School Districts and Schools That Are Eligible for the School Meals Community Eligibility Provision
    April 28, 2014

    Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, high-poverty schools and school districts in all states will be eligible to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) to help reduce hunger and make school meal programs more efficient. CEP allows school districts, individual schools, or groups of schools to offer breakfasts and lunches at no charge …
  • Statement by Robert Greenstein, President, on the House Passage of Chairman Ryan's Budget Plan
    Robert Greenstein
    April 11, 2014

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget, which the House has now passed, is anything but that for most families and individuals.  Affluent Americans would do quite well, but for tens of millions of others, the Ryan plan — which gets 69 …
  • Ryan Roundup 2014: Everything You Need to Know About Chairman Ryan's Latest Budget
    April 8, 2014

    We’ve compiled CBPP’s analyses and blog posts on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget.  We’ll update this roundup as we issue additional analyses. Analysis: Ryan Block Grant Proposal Would Cut Medicaid by More Than One-Quarter by 2024 and More After That April 4, 2014 “The Medicaid block grant …
  • Ryan Plan Gets 69 Percent of Its Budget Cuts From Programs for People With Low or Moderate Incomes
    Richard Kogan and Joel Friedman
    April 8, 2014

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget cuts $3.3 trillion over ten years (2015-2024) from programs that serve people of limited means.  That’s 69 percent of its $4.8 trillion in total non-defense budget cuts. Not much has changed on this front from Chairman Ryan’s budget plan of a year ago, …
  • Ryan Budget Would Slash SNAP by $137 Billion Over Ten Years
    Dottie Rosenbaum
    April 4, 2014

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget plan includes cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) of $137 billion — 18 percent — over the next ten years (2015-2024),[1] which would necessitate ending food assistance for millions of low-income families, …
  • Statement by Robert Greenstein, President, on Chairman Ryan’s Budget Plan
    Robert Greenstein
    April 1, 2014

    Update, April 11: Robert Greenstein has issued a statement on the House passage of the Ryan budget, which includes updated figures. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new “Path to Prosperity” is, sadly, anything but that for most Americans.  Affluent Americans would do quite well.  But for tens of millions of others, …
  • Summary of the 2014 Farm Bill Nutrition Title: Includes Bipartisan Improvements to SNAP While Excluding Harsh House Provisions
    Ed Bolen, Dorothy Rosenbaum, and Stacy Dean
    Revised February 3, 2014

    The nutrition title of the farm bill that House and Senate negotiators unveiled last week  represents a solid outcome after a difficult two-year congressional effort.  While it unfortunately doesn’t make progress in addressing hunger and poverty by investing new resources in SNAP (or by reinvesting the SNAP savings that it …
  • Greenstein Testimony Before House Budget Committee on Poverty and the Safety Net
    Robert Greenstein
    January 28, 2014

    I appreciate the invitation to testify today on trends in poverty over the last 50 years, the current state of the safety net, and — most importantly — on some ways that policymakers on both sides of the aisle might work together to make progress going forward. This testimony begins with a review of the data on poverty and income …
  • Commentary: Nutrition Title of Farm Bill Agreement Drops Draconian Cuts and Represents Reasonable Compromise
    Robert Greenstein
    January 27, 2014

    The proposed farm bill conference agreement announced today represents a relatively favorable outcome for SNAP and most of the millions of low-income Americans who rely on it, especially in light of what might have occurred or what may occur if Congress rejects this agreement and leaves it to the …
  • Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50, Section 3
    Arloc Sherman, Sharon Parrott, and Danilo Trisi
    January 7, 2014

    The safety net has developed over many decades and now helps millions of people make ends meet and access affordable health care.  Census data and new research show that the safety net today both keeps tens of millions of people above the poverty line and has positive longer-term impacts on children, including …
  • Commentary: War on Poverty: Large Positive Impact, But More Work Remains
    Sharon Parrott
    January 7, 2014

    President Reagan famously declared, and others have often repeated, that the United States fought a war on poverty and poverty won.  But, as we mark the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, we should recognize that poverty has fallen significantly over the last half-century, and other troubling poverty-related conditions have …
  • Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50, Overview
    Arloc Sherman, Sharon Parrott, and Danilo Trisi
    Updated January 7, 2014

    As we mark the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, we should recognize that poverty has fallen significantly over the last half-century when measured using a comprehensive poverty measure, and other troubling poverty-related conditions have declined. Today’s safety net — which includes important programs and improvements …
  • Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50, Section 1
    Arloc Sherman, Sharon Parrott, and Danilo Trisi
    January 6, 2014

    The following charts illustrate that: An expanded poverty measure shows progress that the official measure masks (Part I); Elderly poverty has fallen substantially under any measure (Part II); The safety net reduces child poverty substantially (Part III); Incomes rose at the bottom (Part IV); and Incomes …
  • Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50, Section 2
    Arloc Sherman, Sharon Parrott, and Danilo Trisi
    January 6, 2014

    Many changes in American society over the last 50 years have affected poverty.  Some have exerted upward pressure on poverty, such as an increase in the share of economic gains going to top earners, higher rates of single parenthood, and diminished labor market prospects for less-skilled workers.  At the same time, it’s often overlooked that …
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