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August 23, 2017

The number of SNAP (formerly food stamp) participants continued falling in May, to 41.5 million — down 6.1 million since May 2013 (see graph) and 6.3 million or 13 percent since peaking in December 2012. For nearly four years, SNAP participation each month has been lower than in the same month the previous year. Falling caseloads are helping to shrink SNAP spending as well....

SNAP Caseloads Falling After Large Rise in Recession
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
July 26, 2017

SNAP (formerly food stamps), the nation’s most critical anti-hunger program, also encourages work, our new report and video explain. SNAP’s benefit structure rewards earnings over unearned...

Family Eating a Meal
July 20, 2017

The budget resolution that the House Budget Committee approved yesterday requires the House Agriculture Committee to identify at least $10 billion in cuts over the next decade to nutrition and other entitlement programs under its jurisdiction.  Most, if not all, of them could come from SNAP (formerly food stamps).  Along with these cuts, which Congress would consider under the fast-track “...

Empty Pantry
July 19, 2017

SNAP (formerly food stamp) caseloads and spending continue to fall in 2017, the latest Agriculture and Treasury Department data show. (See graph.) These drops counter some policymakers’ assertions that they need to cut...

SNAP Participation Has Fallen by 6.2 Million Since December 2012
July 13, 2017

A Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing on proper nutrition and seniors’ health highlighted the risk of malnutrition and poor health among older adults and their links to limited access to nutritious food. Many seniors are food...

Vegetables Lined Up
July 5, 2017

Proposed massive cuts in SNAP, like those in President Trump’s budget, represent “a stunning attempt to reverse the slow but steady progress we have made” against hunger in recent decades, Georgetown Law Professor Peter Edelman and Rep. Joe Kennedy III explain in a...

Food Assistance Soup
June 15, 2017

Some House Republicans are reportedly considering major cuts to SNAP (formerly food stamps) to help pay for tax cuts, and President Trump’s budget proposes major SNAP cuts. So it’s a good time to remind policymakers of SNAP’s essential role in helping low-income people of all backgrounds,...

Families of Children with Disabilities Are Likelier to Face Material Hardship
June 9, 2017

Access to SNAP (formerly food stamps), the nation’s key food assistance program, during pregnancy and early childhood can improve health — and, for girls, economic well-being—in adulthood, leading economist Hilary Hoynes says in an interview with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Her...

June 5, 2017

SNAP (formerly food stamps) should be a “hand-up,” not a “permanent lifestyle,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said recently. But SNAP, which President Trump’s budget would...