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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...

SNAP Caseloads Down — as Expected

September 2, 2014

“Food Stamp Use Starting to Fall,” the Wall Street Journal points out, noting that SNAP (formerly food stamp) caseloads have fallen by 1.6 million people since their 2012 peak and that the Congressional Budget Office predicts SNAP spending will drop to its 1995 level as a share of the economy in five...

SNAP Errors Falling Across the Country

July 7, 2014

We recently pointed out that SNAP (food stamp) errors nationally hit another all-time low last year.  The improvement has been widespread across the country, as a comparison of states’ “combined error rates” — the share of benefits that are overpayments or underpayments — shows.

Between 2002 (before new...

SNAP Errors Continuing to Fall, New Figures Show

July 3, 2014

The SNAP (food stamp) overpayment rate — the share of benefit dollars issued to ineligible households or eligible households in excessive amounts — fell for the seventh straight year in 2013 to 2.61 percent, our new report explains.  That’s the lowest on record.  Less than 1 percent of SNAP benefits go to ineligible households...

What to Look for in the Upcoming SNAP Figures

June 26, 2014

The Agriculture Department (USDA) will issue data in the next few days on how well states delivered SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits to the right households and in the right amounts last year, and here’s the first thing to keep in mind:  SNAP errors have fallen considerably in recent years, reaching all-time lows; 99 percent of SNAP benefits were issued to eligible households in 2012...

Ryan’s SNAP Cuts Would Hit Millions of Low-Income Americans

April 7, 2014

Millions of people would lose part or all of their SNAP (formerly food stamps) benefits under the new budget from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, our new report shows.

The Ryan budget cuts SNAP by $137 billion over ten years (2015-2024).  It includes every major benefit cut in the House-passed...

More Evidence That SNAP Caseloads Have Started Falling

March 10, 2014

A million fewer people received SNAP (formerly food stamps) last December than in December 2012, the Agriculture Department announced Friday — the fourth straight month in which participation fell from the previous year.  This is just the latest sign that SNAP, which critics...

SNAP Spending Has Started Falling

November 20, 2013

Our new report has important news for House and Senate negotiators considering SNAP (food stamp) cuts as part of the Farm Bill:  recent government data show that SNAP spending, which doubled as a share of the economy (gross domestic product or GDP) in the wake of the...

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