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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...

Ryan Budget Would Slash SNAP

March 14, 2013

Millions of people would lose part or all of their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) benefits under the new budget from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, according information that the committee staff provided during yesterday’s mark up.

The Ryan budget, like those he proposed in 2011 and 2012, would slash funding...

SNAP Responded as Designed to Economic Hardship

February 13, 2013

Senator Jeff Sessions suggested in a Senate Budget Committee hearing this morning that recent growth in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) and other safety net programs justifies cutting them now as part of deficit reduction efforts.  But as the Center’s president Robert Greenstein testified...

The False Claim That Higher-Income People Are Driving SNAP Costs, Part 2

November 21, 2012

Part 1 of this post explained that SNAP (food stamp) spending has risen significantly in recent years mainly because of the recession and a temporary benefit increase that policymakers enacted in response to it.  Now let’s turn to the...

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:

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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.

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