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SNAP Lifts Millions of Kids out of Poverty

October 5, 2016

SNAP (formerly food stamps) not only helps a wide-ranging group of children, as my colleague Dottie Rosenbaum has described, it lifts millions of them out of poverty, protecting them from the long-term effects of growing up poor.

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SNAP Kept Millions Out of Poverty and "Deep Poverty" - Below Half the Poverty Line - in 2012

New Data Show Food Insecurity Continues Falling

September 8, 2016

The share of households experiencing food insecurity, meaning someone in the household had inadequate access to food at some point during the year, fell from 14.0 percent in 2014 to 12.7 percent in 2015, new Agriculture Department (USDA) data show, continuing a decline from 2011’s peak of 14.9 percent...

Food Insecurity Fell in 2015 But Remains Above Pre-Recession Levels

CBO Estimates SNAP Spending Will Fall Faster

August 25, 2016

New Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections show that spending on SNAP (formerly food stamps) will fall over the next decade faster than it previously estimated.  SNAP spending will fall as a share of the economy, reaching 1995 levels in 2019 (see chart).  These projections show that SNAP provided an effective response to the recession...

In Focus: SNAP Costs Falling, Projected to Fall Further

SNAP Caseloads Fall Sharply; Three-Month Time Limit a Major Driver

July 13, 2016

SNAP (food stamp) caseloads fell sharply in April, especially in states reinstating a three-month time limit for unemployed childless adults without disabilities.

In Focus: Bigger SNAP Declines in States Newly Imposing Time Limits

Food Banks Brace for Long Lines as Thousands Lose SNAP Benefits

April 20, 2016

Food banks and other organizations that serve the needy are preparing for long lines as childless adults begin losing SNAP benefits due to the return in over 20 states of a three-month time limit for able-bodied adults.


SNAP Promotes Long-Term Gains, Especially for Children

December 11, 2015

By reducing poverty and food insecurity, SNAP can have lasting effects on health and development, particularly for children.

Children With Access to SNAP Fare Better Years Later

Documenting SNAP’s Powerful Impact

December 10, 2015

The two important new resources on SNAP (formerly food stamps) that we highlighted yesterday — the book SNAP Matters and a Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) report — synthesize research...

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SNAP Benefits Do Much But Are Often Too Small

December 9, 2015

Two new publications synthesize the growing body of high-quality research findings on SNAP’s positive impacts on health and well-being, and they provide important new insight on an issue that’s received relatively little attention:  SNAP (formerly food stamp) monthly benefits, which average about $1.40 per person per meal, are too low to help many families buy adequate food through the month...

Food Insecurity Fell for Low-Income Households Following the 2009 Recovery Act

SNAP Helps Millions on Thanksgiving — and Every Day

November 24, 2015

As many Americans celebrate Thanksgiving by sharing an elaborate meal with friends and family, it’s important to remember that many other Americans lack the resources to meet basic food needs.  Fortunately, millions of Americans can count on the Supplemental Nutrition...

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SNAP Kept 4.7 Million Americans Out of Poverty Last Year

September 16, 2015

SNAP (formerly food stamps) lifted 4.7 million Americans out of poverty in 2014, essentially the same as in 2013, today’s Census data using the Supplemental Poverty Measure show.  This figure shows SNAP’s powerful role in helping low-income families obtain adequate food...

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