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April 17, 2018

Update, April 18: we’ve updated this post to clarify the rules for regaining eligibility following a sanction.

Despite its stated goal of supporting work among SNAP (formerly food stamps) participants, the work proposal in House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway’s farm bill won’t likely increase work opportunities. As we’ve...

Conaway Farm Bill Could Cause Many Who Work Substantial Hours to Lose SNAP Benefits
April 16, 2018

Under the work requirement provisions in House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway’s farm bill, we estimate that states will need to provide employment assistance such as structured job search assistance, training, or volunteer work opportunities to 3 million people.  But the bill’s $1 billion per year in funding for work programs amounts to just $30 per person per month. That would...

Women filing application
April 12, 2018

President Trump and Republican lawmakers have argued that basing people’s eligibility for food, medical, and housing assistance on meeting rigid work requirements will set them on a path to a better future.  In his 2018 farm bill to reauthorize SNAP (formerly food stamps), for example, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway has proposed expensive, untested new work requirements...

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April 9, 2018

Policymakers and pundits sometimes describe the work of people participating in SNAP (formerly food stamps) by using the share of working-age adults with jobs in an average month while they’re receiving SNAP. That understates SNAP participants’ level of work and can be misleading, causing some to believe that more SNAP participants don’t work than is the case over time, as the...

How You Look at Work Among SNAP Participants Changes the Story
March 29, 2018

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway dismisses troubling reports that he’s considering harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), saying they don’t reflect the farm bill that he’s putting together.  He can, however, confirm that he’s not pushing for deep SNAP benefit cuts, or changes to eligibility, by releasing the details of...

Shopping List
March 27, 2018

Most adults who participate in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) work, our new paper finds. Many of these workers move in and out of both work and SNAP over time, as our new animation illustrates. Workers who participate in SNAP frequently work in low-wage jobs with...

Worker at a Machine
March 15, 2018

As policymakers write the next Farm Bill, which authorizes SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), some have expressed interest in increasing work among participants. But as our new paper...

Most SNAP Participants and Households Work
February 12, 2018

President Trump’s 2019 budget proposes to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by more than $213 billion over the next ten years — or by nearly 30 percent. It calls for radically restructuring the delivery of benefits, which would cut benefits for the...

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Vice President for Food Assistance Policy

February 1, 2018

We’ve discussed why food insecurity (lack of access to sufficient food) is linked to poor health and higher health costs — and how SNAP (formerly food stamps) reduces food insecurity and therefore may provide a path to better health. What’s more, those health benefits may last...

SNAP Participants Report Better Health Than Eligible Non-Participants
January 22, 2018

One reason why the emerging research, which we summarized in our new paper, increasingly links SNAP (food stamps) with improved health outcomes is that SNAP reduces “food insecurity” — i.e., insufficient access to enough food to live a healthy life over the course...

Adults in Households with Less Food Security Are Likelier to Have a Chronic Illness

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