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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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New Data Show Food Insecurity Remains High

September 9, 2015

An estimated 17.4 million households with 48.1 million people were “food insecure” in 2014, meaning they had difficulty affording adequate food at some point in the year, the Agriculture Department (USDA) announced today.  At 14 percent, the food insecurity rate is not statistically different from 2013...

Food Insecurity Remains Well Above Pre-Recession Levels

SNAP Responded as Designed to Increased Need

August 26, 2015

A recent Heritage Foundation blog post overstates the share of SNAP (formerly food stamp) recipients who are working-age adults and misleadingly portrays SNAP’s temporary growth in response to the...

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Limiting SNAP Doesn’t Boost Employment

August 18, 2015

A Foundation for Government Accountability report recently cited in the media (see here and...

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SNAP Spending Falling, as Expected

February 9, 2015

SNAP (formerly food stamps) spending has begun to decline as a share of the economy, as the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and other experts expected, our newly updated report shows.

  • SNAP spending fell as a share of the economy in 2014, after stabilizing in 2012 and 2013. Spending
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Food Assistance Needs Remain High

November 24, 2014

As many Americans prepare to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, millions in this country still have trouble affording enough to eat.  Moreover, poverty and food insecurity, or the share of households with difficulty affording...

SNAP Kept Nearly 5 Million People out of Poverty Last Year, New Figures Show

October 16, 2014

SNAP (formerly food stamps) kept 4.8 million people above the poverty line in 2013, including 2.1 million children, our analysis of Census data released today shows (see graph).  The figures are based on Census’ Supplemental Poverty Measure, which...

A Quick Guide to SNAP Eligibility and Benefits

October 1, 2014

Today’s start of fiscal year 2015 brings small adjustments to SNAP (formerly food stamps) eligibility and benefits.  We’ve updated our quick guide that provides an overview of SNAP eligibility and benefit calculation rules. To be eligible for SNAP, a household must meet three tests related to gross monthly income, net income, ...