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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, ...


Causes of Food Insecurity Go Well Beyond Low Incomes

September 16, 2014

With about 1 in 5 children (and 1 in 7 Americans overall) living in households where someone has trouble affording adequate food at some point during the year, a Brookings Institution ...

New “Food Insecurity” Figures Show Recovery Has Yet to Reach Many

September 3, 2014

Some 14.3 percent of the nation’s households were “food insecure” in 2013, meaning they had difficulty affording adequate food at some point during the year, today’s Agriculture Department (USDA) report shows — a figure not statistically different from 2012’s 14.5 percent and well above pre...

Updated Resources Illustrate SNAP's Important Role

June 10, 2014

We’ve updated a trio of SNAP resources — our Chart Book, Policy Basic, and state fact sheets — that explain the program’s essential details, including who receives SNAP (formerly food stamps...