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September 28, 2017

In an op-ed in The Atlantic today, columnist and American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Norm Ornstein looks back 40 years to the 1977 Food Stamp Act that established the modern framework of the food stamp program, now the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...

Grocery Shopper
September 27, 2017

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to work with states to rapidly and effectively provide food to those affected by recent hurricanes, it’s worth exploring the three key design features of SNAP (formerly food stamps) that make its effective disaster response possible...

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September 25, 2017

Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the 1977 Food Stamp Act, the landmark law that set the framework for the modern food stamp program — or, as it’s now known, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). And it passed because of bipartisan cooperation, most personified by the partnership of Democratic Senator George McGovern and Republican Senator Bob Dole.

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September 8, 2017

Some 12.3 percent of households (15.6 million) were food insecure at some point during 2016, meaning household members struggled to afford enough food for an active, healthy life year-round, the latest annual Agriculture Department report shows. While this figure is below its height of 14.9 percent in 2011,...

Food Insecurity, Though Down From 2011 Peak, Still Above Pre-Recession Levels
September 1, 2017

This Labor Day, millions of workers across the country are better able to feed their families thanks to the support of SNAP (formerly food stamps). SNAP’s structure supports work by supplementing earnings and...

SNAP Helps 1 in 9 Workers in Alabama Put Food on the Table
August 31, 2017

Government and voluntary organizations are working quickly to help families affected by Hurricane Harvey, including by performing the critical task of ensuring that people can get enough to eat now and in the weeks ahead. Poor families that lost food due to flooding and power outages can ill afford to replace it. And, for those that will be out of their homes for some time, feeding their...

Grocery Shopper
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 “...

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