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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

A More Complete Look at SNAP and Work

May 11, 2018

Some supporters of the House Agriculture Committee farm bill’s proposal to take food assistance away from people who don’t work a set number of hours per month have pointed to statistics that, while often accurate, understate the number of SNAP participants who...


Conaway’s SNAP Work Proposal Would Harm Many Workers

April 17, 2018

Update, April 18: we’ve updated this post to clarify the rules for regaining eligibility following a sanction.

Despite its stated goal of supporting work among SNAP (formerly food stamps) participants, the work proposal in House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway’s farm bill won’t likely increase work opportunities. As we’ve...

Conaway Farm Bill Could Cause Many Who Work Substantial Hours to Lose SNAP Benefits

Analysis of Work in an Average Month Understates Work Among SNAP Participants

April 9, 2018

Policymakers and pundits sometimes describe the work of people participating in SNAP (formerly food stamps) by using the share of working-age adults with jobs in an average month while they’re receiving SNAP. That understates SNAP participants’ level of work and can be misleading, causing some to believe that more SNAP participants don’t work than is the case over time, as the...

How You Look at Work Among SNAP Participants Changes the Story

Most SNAP Participants Move In and Out of Work: An Animated Look

March 27, 2018

Most adults who participate in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) work, our new paper finds. Many of these workers move in and out of both work and SNAP over time, as our new animation illustrates. Workers who participate in SNAP frequently work in low-wage jobs with...

Worker at a Machine

SNAP Helps Workers Supplement Low Wages and Helps Them Between Jobs

March 15, 2018

As policymakers write the next Farm Bill, which authorizes SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), some have expressed interest in increasing work among participants. But as our new paper...

Most SNAP Participants and Households Work

SNAP Linked to Better Health Throughout Life, Benefits for All Age Groups

February 1, 2018

We’ve discussed why food insecurity (lack of access to sufficient food) is linked to poor health and higher health costs — and how SNAP (formerly food stamps) reduces food insecurity and therefore may provide a path to better health. What’s more, those health benefits may last...

SNAP Participants Report Better Health Than Eligible Non-Participants

Food-Insecure Households Likelier to Have Chronic Diseases, Higher Health Costs

January 22, 2018

One reason why the emerging research, which we summarized in our new paper, increasingly links SNAP (food stamps) with improved health outcomes is that SNAP reduces “food insecurity” — i.e., insufficient access to enough food to live a healthy life over the course...

Adults in Households with Less Food Security Are Likelier to Have a Chronic Illness