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The False Claim That Higher-Income People Are Driving SNAP Costs, Part 1

November 20, 2012

An article by George Mason University’s David Armor and Sonia Sousa claims that a fifth of SNAP (food stamp) recipients in 2010 had incomes above twice the poverty line.  The Washington Post’s Robert Samuelson cited the study in a...

George McGovern and the Fight Against Hunger in America

October 22, 2012

Senator George McGovern, who died Sunday, was one of the architects — along with Senator Robert Dole — of landmark 1977 legislation that largely created today’s SNAP (food stamp) program, which has played a pivotal role in making severe...

Ryan Budget Takes Big Bite out of Food Stamps

March 22, 2012

Millions of people would lose part or all of their SNAP (food stamp) benefits under House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget, a new CBPP analysis shows.

The Ryan plan would cut SNAP — the nation’s most important anti-hunger program — by $133.5 billion or more than 17 percent over the next...

The Facts on SNAP — Again

January 17, 2012

Newt Gingrich’s ongoing criticism of the rise in food stamp enrollment under President Obama has brought more public attention to the program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  As we noted last week, we have updated two key papers that provide background information on SNAP:


The Facts on SNAP

January 10, 2012

We have updated two papers that provide background information on SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp Program), the nation’s most important anti-hunger program.

Attack on Food Stamps Misses Mark

June 23, 2011

James Bovard’s op-ed in The Wall Street Journal today claims that the nation’s most important anti-hunger program, SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), is beset by out-of-control growth and widespread waste and fraud. Both charges are demonstrably false.

Millions Would Lose Some or All SNAP/Food Stamp Benefits Under Ryan Budget

April 11, 2011

Last week, we debunked House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s false claim that the SNAP program, formerly called food stamps, is growing out of control. We’ve just issued a report showing that the enormous SNAP cuts he is proposing — $127 billion over ten years, almost 20 percent of the entire program — could throw millions of low-income families off the rolls, cut benefits by thousands of dollars a year, or both. (The report includes state-by-state estimates of the potential impact.)

Chairman Ryan’s Baseless Attack on SNAP/Food Stamps

April 5, 2011

Falsely claiming that the nation’s most important anti-hunger program — SNAP, formerly called food stamps — is experiencing “relentless and unsustainable growth,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan calls for converting it into a block grant. The truth is that SNAP’s recent growth is temporary and reflects the battered economic circumstances of tens of millions of Americans due to the recession; SNAP is not contributing to the nation’s long-term fiscal problem. And block-granting SNAP would largely destroy its ability to respond to rising need during future recessions, forcing states to cut benefits or create waiting lists for needy families.

Food Stamps Helping Keep Hunger in Check Despite Recession

November 16, 2010

Yesterday’s Agriculture Department report finds that the share of U.S. households that lacked access to adequate food at some point in the year remained roughly unchanged in 2009, despite sharp increases in unemployment and poverty.

Food Stamps Helping More People — and More Efficiently

July 23, 2010

It’s no secret that with unemployment much higher than usual during the recession, a growing number of Americans are receiving food stamps to help them afford an adequate diet. In fact, the number of food stamp recipients has jumped by about 13 million (50 percent) since the start of the recession. But you might not know that the Food Stamp Program has handled this increase while becoming even more efficient, as a new Center report shows.