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Whom and Where the November 1 SNAP Cuts Will Hit

October 29, 2013

The interactive map below shows how many people in each state — including how many children and disabled people in each state — will face a cut in SNAP (food stamp) benefits Friday when the 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary benefit boost ends.  It also lists the total loss in SNAP benefits to households in each state through the end of the fiscal year next September.

These cuts are...

November 1 SNAP Cuts Will Hit All Recipients, Including Kids and Elderly

October 24, 2013

The 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary boost in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits ends on November 1, which will mean a benefit cut for each of the nearly 48 million SNAP recipients — most of whom live in households with children, seniors, or people with disabilities.

Next week’s benefit cut will be substantial.  A household of three, such as a mother...

Setting the Record Straight on SNAP, Part 9: Examining the New House GOP Proposal

September 18, 2013

We’ve updated our analysis of the House Republican SNAP proposal to reflect the final language in the legislation, which Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) introduced Monday and is expected to go to the House floor this week.  The bill would cut SNAP by at least $39 billion over ten years.  As our report...

Setting the Record Straight on SNAP, Part 7: House Republicans’ Bill Could Adversely Affect 170,000 Veterans

September 18, 2013

The House expects to vote tomorrow on a bill that would cut SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) by $39 billion over ten years.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates it would deny SNAP to about 3.8 million low-income people in 2014 and to an average of nearly 3 million...

Setting the Record Straight on SNAP, Part 5: SNAP Will Shrink as the Economy Improves

September 13, 2013

With SNAP participation having reached all-time highs in the past few years, some critics claim that the program is growing out of control and needs to be slashed.  But, in reality, SNAP’s recent growth is temporary and shows that the program is working as designed.

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Setting the Record Straight on SNAP, Part 3: Waving the "Fraud, Waste, and Abuse" Flag

September 11, 2013

Some House Republican leaders have sought to portray SNAP as rife with fraud and abuse to help justify their proposals to cut millions of people from the program and slash $40 billion from SNAP.  The facts are not on their side.  A history of bipartisan congressional oversight and strong attention to SNAP program integrity...

Facts on SNAP, Part 4: SNAP Responded to the Recession and Will Shrink as the Economy Improves

May 15, 2013

As the Senate and House Agriculture Committees consider changes to SNAP (formerly food stamps) this week, we’ve laid out some basic facts about the program:  the people it serves, the...

The Facts on SNAP, Part 2: SNAP Supports Work

May 9, 2013

Part 1 in this series showed that SNAP (food stamps) provides modest benefits to vulnerable people.  Here, we explain that most SNAP recipients who can work do work, and that SNAP rules...

Setting the Record Straight: Safety Net Dollars Go to People — Not Red Tape

March 20, 2013

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) claimed this week that just 30 percent of the dollars spent on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps) actually benefit program participants.  The truth, plain and simple:  that figure is way off.  We’ve pointed this out, and fact checkers from the...