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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

SNAP Associated With Better Health, Reduced Health Care Costs

January 17, 2018

SNAP (formerly food stamps) is associated with better health and lower health care costs, according to a growing body of evidence that we summarize in a new paper. As Congress and the White House prepare to reauthorize SNAP in this year’s farm bill, it’s a useful...

SNAP Linked to Better Health, Lower Care Costs

Food Insecurity Still Above Pre-Recession Levels

September 8, 2017

Some 12.3 percent of households (15.6 million) were food insecure at some point during 2016, meaning household members struggled to afford enough food for an active, healthy life year-round, the latest annual Agriculture Department report shows. While this figure is below its height of 14.9 percent in 2011,...

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

SNAP Supports Workers in Every State

September 1, 2017

This Labor Day, millions of workers across the country are better able to feed their families thanks to the support of SNAP (formerly food stamps). SNAP’s structure supports work by supplementing earnings and...

SNAP Helps 1 in 9 Workers in Alabama Put Food on the Table

SNAP Caseloads, and Costs, Still Falling

August 23, 2017

The number of SNAP (formerly food stamp) participants continued falling in May, to 41.5 million — down 6.1 million since May 2013 (see graph) and 6.3 million or 13 percent since peaking in December 2012. For nearly four years, SNAP participation each month has been lower than in the same month the previous year. Falling caseloads are helping to shrink SNAP spending as well....

SNAP Caseloads Falling After Large Rise in Recession

SNAP Helps Millions with Disabilities

June 15, 2017

Some House Republicans are reportedly considering major cuts to SNAP (formerly food stamps) to help pay for tax cuts, and President Trump’s budget proposes major SNAP cuts. So it’s a good time to remind policymakers of SNAP’s essential role in helping low-income people of all backgrounds,...

Families of Children with Disabilities Are Likelier to Face Material Hardship

Interactive Map: SNAP Helps Low-Wage Workers in Every State

June 5, 2017

SNAP (formerly food stamps) should be a “hand-up,” not a “permanent lifestyle,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said recently. But SNAP, which President Trump’s budget would...