off the charts

You are here

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...


SNAP Helps Low-Wage Workers

May 10, 2017

For millions of Americans, work doesn’t provide enough income for them to feed their families. Our major new report explains that SNAP (formerly food stamps) provides workers with low pay and often fluctuating incomes with crucial additional monthly income to help put food on the table.  It also...

Workers Participating in SNAP Work in Service Occupations at Higher Rates Than All Workers

“This Is SNAP”

April 26, 2017

How much do you know about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)? CBBP’s new “This Is SNAP” campaign is designed to help you get to know SNAP a little better.

This is SNAP
Vegetables Lined Up

SNAP Caseloads Continuing to Fall in 2017

April 24, 2017

SNAP (formerly food stamp) caseloads continued falling in January and have dropped by 11 percent or more than 5 million people since peaking in December 2012, the latest Agriculture Department data show. (See graph.)...

SNAP Participation Has Fallen by More than 5 Million Since December 2012

Interactives: Watch SNAP Respond to the Economy, as Designed

February 2, 2017

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) responds to changes in the economy, growing to help those in need during recessions and then shrinking when the economy improves. Our two new interactive graphics illustrate how SNAP has responded to the economy, as designed, in recent years.

SNAP Participants as Share of Population Rose During Recession but Expected to Continue Falling

SNAP Spending Continued to Fall in 2016

October 18, 2016

SNAP spending fell for the third straight year in fiscal year 2016, new Treasury Department data show.  This shows that SNAP (formerly food stamps) is working as designed: it expanded during the recession and its aftermath to meet increased need, and has fallen as the economy has improved.  


In Focus: SNAP Costs Falling, Projected to Fall Further

SNAP Helps Kids Over the Long Term, Too

October 7, 2016

Our series this week on SNAP and children has shown that SNAP (formerly food stamps) helps a diverse group of low-income children, lifts...

Children With Access to SNAP Fare Better Years Later

SNAP Keeps Food on the Table for Low-Income Kids

October 6, 2016

Some 13 million children lived in families that had trouble putting enough food on the table to feed everyone at some time during 2015.  That’s a grave concern, though one that SNAP (formerly food stamps) is addressing, as we describe in our...

SNAP Helps Families Afford Adequate Food