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Essay: SNAP’s Powerful Effects, Ways to Improve It

November 11, 2019

SNAP (food stamps) is an effective program that helps millions of Americans put food on the table, but there’s room to build upon its successes, as we write in a special issue of the American Journal of Public Health that’s focused on SNAP.

As we describe in our essay:


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Raising SNAP Benefits Would Have Powerful Effects on Food Security, Poverty, Health

August 12, 2019

We recently explained why SNAP benefits don’t adequately help families afford a healthy diet. Our new paper and...

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New Videos Highlight Impact of Puerto Rico’s Food Aid Cut

May 21, 2019

The Senate is expected to vote this week on a disaster relief bill restoring food aid to Puerto Rico, among other crucial assistance for the Commonwealth during its ongoing...

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Puerto Rico Forced to Slash Basic Food Aid While Waiting for Washington to Act

March 6, 2019

The Senate must act quickly to ensure those still suffering in the aftermath of Hurricanes María and Irma can meet their basic food needs.


More Evidence That Work Requirements Don’t Work

October 19, 2018

SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid give many Americans, including many low-wage workers, access to nutritious food and health coverage. Despite their important roles, recent federal and state proposals and policies would take SNAP and...

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Millions Still Struggling to Afford Food

September 5, 2018

Some 15 million households with 40 million people struggled to afford enough food at some point in 2017, new Agriculture Department data show. That’s about 11.8 percent of households that experienced food insecurity — those in which some members struggled to afford adequate nutritious food at some point during the...

Food Insecurity, Though Down From 2011 Peak, Still Above Pre-Recession Levels

EPI: Work Requirement Proposals Ignore Labor-Market Realities, Wouldn’t Likely Succeed

July 26, 2018

As policymakers debate proposals to take food assistance or health coverage away from beneficiaries who don’t work a set number of hours or participate in qualifying work activities, a new Economic Policy Institute (EPI) paper shows why such...

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Research: SNAP, Medicaid Participants Face Barriers to Good Wages, Job Stability

July 24, 2018

SNAP and Medicaid participants face a labor market that’s characterized by low and stagnant wages and job instability, new research from leading economists Kristin F. Butcher and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach shows.

That finding contrasts sharply with this...

Real Wages Have Been Stagnant for Workers With Low Levels of Education

Research: Changes in Safety Net in Recent Decades Heavily Favored Working Families, Weakened Supports for Out-of-Work Families

June 18, 2018

With the House set to consider extensive changes in SNAP (formerly food stamps) in the farm bill this week, leading researchers Hilary Hoynes and Diane Schanzenbach have found that over the past 25 years, the safety net has become far more targeted to working families and families with incomes somewhat above the poverty line, while supports for...

Most Safety Net Spending Goes to Families With Earnings

Research Supports Importance of SNAP, Doesn’t Support House Farm Bill

May 22, 2018

Though the House rejected the Agriculture Committee-approved farm bill, which includes a number of harmful changes in SNAP (formerly food stamps) that grew...

SNAP Linked to Better Health, Lower Care Costs