I explained yesterday that SNAP (formerly food stamps) will help about 20 million children each month this year. Today, let’s take a closer look at who they are.
Among those children are kids of all ages, with a wide variety of races and ethnicities. They live in all types of communities, in many different types of families, as we describe in our new paper.
SNAP families with children do have one thing in common: their low monthly incomes make it hard for them to afford an adequate diet. Over 80 percent of SNAP households with children have gross incomes below the poverty line ($20,100 annually for a family of three in 2016) while they are receiving SNAP; nearly half have incomes below half of the poverty line. (See chart.)
Otherwise, SNAP serves a broad and diverse cross-section of America’s low-income families and children, as the chart below illustrates.
We’ll be back tomorrow to discuss SNAP’s key role in reducing childhood poverty.