Senior Policy Analyst
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 income (such as Social Security or cash assistance), which incentivizes participants to work and seek higher wages or work more hours.
SNAP’s design includes:
Because of SNAP’s benefit structure, participants are almost always better off taking a job, accepting more hours, or making a higher wage. SNAP thus encourages work and plays an important role in disrupting the cycle of poverty.