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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) delivers more nutrition assistance to low-income children than any other, making it the nation's largest child nutrition program.
SNAP lifts millions of households out of poverty. SNAP kept about 10.3 million people out of poverty in 2012, including about 4.9 million children and 2.1 million out of deep poverty.
SNAP reaches millions of children who need food assistance. In a typical month, SNAP currently serves about 20 million children - roughly 1 out of every 4 children in the U.S. and 1 out of 3 pre-school children.
SNAP helps families with children afford food. After families start receiving SNAP, they are more likely to report having to report having enough money for food.
Children who receive SNAP do better in school. SNAP participation can improve students' reading and math skills, and increase their chances of graduating from high school.
Early access to SNAP can improve long-term health and economic outcomes. Adults who had access to SNAP as young children were healthier and had better economic outcomes.
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