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In the News: Policy Basics: Introduction to SNAP

In the News:  Policy Basics: Introduction to SNAP
July 1, 2016 Poverty Facts

"The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program.  In 2015, it helped more than 45 million low-income Americans to afford a nutritionally adequate diet in a typical month.

Close to 70 percent of SNAP participants are in families with children; more than one-quarter are in households with seniors or people with disabilities.

After unemployment insurance, SNAP is the most responsive federal program providing additional assistance during economic downturns.  It also is an important nutritional support for low-wage working families, low-income seniors, and people with disabilities living on fixed incomes.

The federal government pays the full cost of SNAP benefits and splits the cost of administering the program with the states, which operate the program."

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