Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides short-term financial support to individuals and families furthest from economic opportunity who struggle to afford food. As the nation’s largest nutrition program, SNAP helps roughly 43 million people access foods and beverages to support a healthy diet. SNAP can increase food security, improve children’s health and academic performance, support economic growth, and lift people out of poverty.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, there have been several significant changes to SNAP. On the whole, the changes have expanded access to the program and increased benefit levels for participants.Read More
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation urges these actions to prevent hunger and increases in poverty.
Broaden SNAP eligibility to cover more college students, unemployed adults without children, and lawfully residing immigrants.
Ensure the Thrifty Food Plan covers the cost of a modestly priced meal in every U.S. county.
Streamline eligibility and enrollment processes and focus enrollment efforts on communities with low participation, including immigrants, people of color, and rural residents.
SNAP has wide-ranging impacts
SNAP lifted 2.9 million people out of poverty in 2020.Read More
Food insecurity among children dropped by 33 percent after their families received SNAP benefits for six months.Read More
The average SNAP monthly benefit will be $36 higher with the revisions to the Thrifty Food Plan than it would have been without those updates.Read More
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