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SNAP’s Importance to Millions of Families with Children

October 3, 2016

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will help about 20 million children each month this year.  SNAP’s support is critical for America’s low-income children: no other nutrition or income support program reaches as many at-risk children or contributes as much to the overall resources of very low-income households with children, as we explain in our...

SNAP Helps Large Share of U.S. Children

SNAP Supports Kids’ Well-Being

September 29, 2016

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) delivers more nutrition assistance to low-income children than any other federal program.  While SNAP provides only a modest benefit of $1.35 per person per meal for families with children, it forms a critical foundation for children’...

SNAP Supports Children's Healthy Development

SNAP Caseloads Falling in More Than 40 States

August 2, 2016

SNAP (food stamp) caseloads have shrunk by more than 4 million people since peaking in December 2012, our new paper explains, reflecting both an improving economy and the return in many states of a...

SNAP Caseloads Falling in Most States

Higher SNAP Benefits Mean More Groceries, Better Nutrition

June 14, 2016

Boosting SNAP (food stamp) benefits raises not only the amount that low-income households spend on groceries but also its nutritional quality, a new study from CBPP’s Policy Futures project...

Higher SNAP Benefits Mean More Groceries, Better Nutrition

Modernizing SNAP Benefits

May 25, 2016

SNAP (food stamp) benefit levels are “based on increasingly outdated assumptions, including unreasonable expectations about households’ availability of time to prepare food, and need to be modernized,” a new paper that James P. Ziliak presented at a...

Food Assistance Soup

SNAP Caseloads Dropping, as Forecast

May 10, 2016

The number of SNAP (formerly food stamps) participants has fallen by more than 3 million in the last three years, new Agriculture Department data for February 2016 show — reflecting the broad pattern for SNAP that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and other experts had forecast. 

SNAP grew significantly between 2007 and 2011 to meet rising need, as millions more people became...

In Focus: SNAP Costs Falling After Large Rise in Recession

SNAP Spending Falling, New Figures Show

April 13, 2016

SNAP (formerly food stamp) spending was 3 percent lower in the first half of this fiscal year than in the same period last year, even before adjusting for inflation, new Treasury Department data show.  Along with other recent data showing SNAP caseloads falling, the new figures undercut House...


SNAP Marks Three Years of Falling Caseloads

March 8, 2016

The number of SNAP (formerly food stamps) recipients has fallen by 2.6 million people since peaking in December 2012, new Agriculture Department data for December 2015 show.  The data confirm that SNAP is working as designed and caseloads are expected to continue falling, as our...

SNAP Costs Falling, Projected to Fall Further

Diverse Group of Adults Face SNAP Cutoff This Year

February 8, 2016

Some 500,000 to 1 million childless adults will be cut off SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) over the course of 2016 as a three-month limit on benefits for unemployed childless adults returns in most areas of the country.  This is a diverse, struggling, and...

Adults Subject to SNAP (Update)

Future SNAP Cuts Would Come on Top of Recent Cuts

March 31, 2015

Policymakers considering SNAP cuts this year — the House budget calls for $125 billion in cuts over the next decade, for example — should remember that any future cuts would come on top of cuts that occurred recently or are occurring under current law.  Roughly 1...