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SNAP (food stamp) benefit levels are “based on increasingly outdated assumptions, including unreasonable expectations about households’ availability of time to prepare food, and need to be modernized,” a new paper that James P.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

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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...

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...