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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...

CBO Projects Even Bigger Drop in SNAP Spending

April 28, 2014

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which has consistently predicted that SNAP (food stamp) spending will fall over the next decade, now predicts that it will fall even faster.

In updating its February projections, CBO lowered its estimate of total SNAP...

SNAP Caseloads and Spending Continue to Fall

April 10, 2014

Participation in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) has continued the downward trend that we described in our recent paper, new Agriculture Department data show.  About 240,000 fewer people received SNAP benefits in January 2014 than in December 2013, and about 1.2...

SNAP Benefit Cut Has Worsened Hardships for Low-Income Families

March 11, 2014

Average SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits fell by about 7 percent due to last November’s expiration of the temporary benefit increase in the 2009 Recovery Act, according to our updated paper.  This reduction, which matches our earlier prediction, will have a powerful impact...