The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will help about 20 million children each month this year. SNAP’s support is critical for America’s low-income children: no other nutrition or income support program reaches as many at-risk children or contributes as much to the overall resources of very low-income households with children, as we explain in our new paper.
SNAP’s design enables it to reach children in almost all low-income families and respond quickly to increased need, ensuring that poor families with similar incomes receive similar nutrition resources regardless of where they live.
SNAP provides critical support to the children in these families. Poor children are more likely than non-poor children to have health, behavioral, learning, and emotional problems. The research shows, however, that SNAP lifts millions of families with children out of poverty, reduces the depth and severity of poverty for millions more, alleviates food insecurity, and contributes to children’s healthy development and long-term prospects.
In forthcoming posts, I’ll discuss the broad and diverse cross-section of children that SNAP is serving, and the program’s positive short- and long-term effects on kids’ lives.