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Lawsuits Seek to Block Trump Rule Ending Food Assistance for Nearly 700,000

January 17, 2020

Fifteen states plus New York City have filed a lawsuit to block a new Trump Administration rule that would eliminate food assistance for nearly 700,000 low-income adults, according to the...

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Maine Stories Show Harm From SNAP’s Three-Month Limit

July 12, 2019

Our new video series featuring low-wage workers in Maine affected by the three-month limit on SNAP (food stamp) benefits shows why losing SNAP can make it harder to get a job and rise out of poverty.

In most states, adults ages 18-50 who aren’t disabled and don’t have a minor child in their household...

SNAP & The 3-Month Limit: Lessons Learned from Maine: Thomas Ptacek

Behavioral Science Study: SNAP’s Three-Month Time Limit Flawed by Design

April 8, 2019

SNAP’s harsh three-month limit on food assistance, which the Administration wants to make even harsher, reflects the idea that taking food away from jobless adults will lead them to work or earn more. But repeated studies, including a new report from the nonprofit consulting firm ideas42,...

Adult in grocery store with empty basket

Trump’s Expected SNAP Change Would Target Jobless Workers

December 19, 2018

The Trump Administration is reportedly poised to propose a rule restricting states’ ability to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to childless adults living in high-unemployment areas who are struggling to find a steady job. Hundreds of thousands of...

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Fighting Hunger at the Store: Retailers’ Important Role in SNAP

August 17, 2017

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s primary anti-hunger program, boosts low-income households’ food purchasing power.  SNAP participants buy the food they need, using SNAP benefits, at 260,000 stores throughout the country.  Our new retailer resource page highlights the important role that retailers play...

Over 80% of SNAP Benefits Are Used at Larger Stores

April Starts the SNAP Cutoff

April 7, 2016

Thousands of the nation’s poorest people began losing SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) on April 1 due to the return in nearly two dozen states of a three-month limit for unemployed adults aged 18-49 who aren’t disabled or raising minor children.  Over the course of 2016,...


Video: More Than 500,000 Adults Expected to Lose SNAP Benefits in 2016

January 8, 2016

More than half a million of the poorest Americans will lose a critical tool to help keep food on the table this year, we explain in our new video.  That’s because a three-month limit...

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SNAP Time Limit Returns

January 5, 2016

More than 500,000 of the nation’s poorest people will be cut off SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) over the course of 2016 due to the return in 23 states of a three-month limit on SNAP benefits for unemployed adults aged 18-49 who aren’t disabled or raising minor children, as we explain in an...

States Newly Implementing SNAP Time Limits in 2016

Food Pantries Expect Longer Lines as SNAP Limit Kicks in

April 14, 2015

“Around the country, food pantry directors are girding for an influx of hungry adults” as a three-month limit on SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits for unemployed, childless adults returns in many areas, the New York Times reports...

Learning What Works: SNAP’s New Employment and Training Demos

March 20, 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez today announced ten pilot projects — the result of a bipartisan agreement in the 2013 Farm Bill — that will test innovative approaches to encouraging and supporting employment among SNAP participants.  While modest in scope, the pilots show that Congress can collaborate around important issues like finding better ways to expand...