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How SNAP Supports this Texas Family Following their Military Service



Transitioning out of the military has been challenging for Shayna Horne and her family. She serves as the primary caregiver for her husband who is a disabled veteran and two young children with various medical needs. Shayna turned to local resources to help her family, like farmers’ markets and the San Antonio Food Bank, which is where she met Tiffany Nieto-Gaytan.

“It’s people like you that give us a sense that we can get through this hard time.” – Shayna Horne  

As client services representative at the food bank, Tiffany helped Shayna and her family apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to ensure they had enough food to eat. Shayna expresses her gratitude for the hope and strength that Tiffany has provided to her family as they’ve worked to get back on their feet.


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This story was recorded and produced by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Originally posted on September 26, 2018.

Texas Fast Facts

14%

In Texas, 14% of residents participate in SNAP.

More State Data

23.8%

In Texas, 23.8% of children are food insecure.

15.7%

In Texas, 15.7% of the overall population is food insecure.

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SNAP Stories

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping feed more than 40 million Americans each month. Learn more about the critical support SNAP provides to families and individuals across the country.

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New Research

SNAP benefits would decrease substantially under the House Farm Bill for some households receiving energy assistance. A new microsimulation conducted by Mathematica Policy Research finds that between 800,000 and 1.1 million households receiving SNAP benefits in 2017 would experience a $50 to $75 cut in their monthly benefit under certain provisions of the Bill. 

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Graphic showing snap participation around the United States

SNAP Participation Rate by State

The percentage of residents participating in SNAP ranges from 6% in Wyoming to 23% in New Mexico.

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Priority Policy: SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping feed more than 40 million Americans each month.

Learn More
Map of the United States showing food insecurity around the country

Child Food Insecurity Rates by State

Child food insecurity rates range from 9.4% in North Dakota to 26.3% in Mississippi.

Visit Interactive

Young boy holding a plant.

Stories and Expert Perspectives

Hear from experts about the impact of policies and programs in their communities, read interviews with researchers about data releases, and learn how some communities are taking action to help more children grow up healthy, including from places that have measured a decline in childhood obesity rates.

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How these Friends are Making Healthy Food Accessible to Texas Families Participating in SNAP


Beth Keel (left) and Jovanna Lopez at their StoryCorps recording on August 9, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas.

Beth Keel worked as a landscape superintendent, but after an unfortunate injury, she was physically unable to continue in her position. That was during the Great Recession, so finding a new job was a challenge. She shares how she turned to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and local food pantries to help her survive during that period of time.

Beth’s best friend, Jovanna Lopez, also recalls when she struggled to pay rent and have enough money to eat back when she was in college.

“We realized that without the proper nutrition, people are not able to function well.” — Jovanna Lopez

Now, they work together to ensure that families across San Antonio don’t face the same hardships to put food on the table that they once did. They are bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to the city’s low-income families through a night market that accepts SNAP benefits.

We hear first from Beth.


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This story was recorded and produced by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Originally posted on September 26, 2018.

Texas Fast Facts

14%

In Texas, 14% of residents participate in SNAP.

More State Data

23.8%

In Texas, 23.8% of children are food insecure.

15.7%

In Texas, 15.7% of the overall population is food insecure.

People shopping at the farmers market

SNAP Stories

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping feed more than 40 million Americans each month. Learn more about the critical support SNAP provides to families and individuals across the country.

See More Stories
Mother and child holding a tomato at the grocery store

New Research

SNAP benefits would decrease substantially under the House Farm Bill for some households receiving energy assistance. A new microsimulation conducted by Mathematica Policy Research finds that between 800,000 and 1.1 million households receiving SNAP benefits in 2017 would experience a $50 to $75 cut in their monthly benefit under certain provisions of the Bill. 

Read More

Related

Graphic showing snap participation around the United States

SNAP Participation Rate by State

The percentage of residents participating in SNAP ranges from 6% in Wyoming to 23% in New Mexico.

Visit Interactive
Two boys shopping for produce

Priority Policy: SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping feed more than 40 million Americans each month.

Learn More
Map of the United States showing food insecurity around the country

Child Food Insecurity Rates by State

Child food insecurity rates range from 9.4% in North Dakota to 26.3% in Mississippi.

Visit Interactive

Young boy holding plant in a garden

Stories and Expert Perspectives

Hear from experts about the impact of policies and programs in their communities, read interviews with researchers about data releases, and learn how some communities are taking action to help more children grow up healthy, including from places that have measured a decline in childhood obesity rates. 

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How SNAP Kept this Kansas Family Going After Father Lost his Job



Emily Brown was a stay-at-home mom to care for her two young kids who were sick. Then her husband, Tim Brown, lost his job. While he was able to find another job quickly, it wasn’t enough to provide for their family.

“One thing I feel I’ve learned in life over the long run is that you never know what a day may bring.” – Tim Brown

Receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits during that difficult time period helped them get the healthy food they needed for their growing kids. Using the Double Up Food Bucks program at their local farmers’ market, they were able to try new fruits and vegetables, and Emily shares how much her family enjoyed that experience.


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This story was recorded and produced by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Originally posted on September 19, 2018.

Kansas Fast Facts

9%

In Kansas, 9% of residents participate in SNAP.

More State Data

19.2%

In Kansas, 19.2% of children are food insecure.

13.2%

In Kansas, 13.2% of the overall population is food insecure.

People shopping at the farmers market

SNAP Stories

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping feed more than 40 million Americans each month. Learn more about the critical support SNAP provides to families and individuals across the country.

See More Stories
Mother and child holding a tomato at the grocery store

New Research

SNAP benefits would decrease substantially under the House Farm Bill for some households receiving energy assistance. A new microsimulation conducted by Mathematica Policy Research finds that between 800,000 and 1.1 million households receiving SNAP benefits in 2017 would experience a $50 to $75 cut in their monthly benefit under certain provisions of the Bill. 

Read More

Related

Graphic showing snap participation around the United States

SNAP Participation Rate by State

The percentage of residents participating in SNAP ranges from 6% in Wyoming to 23% in New Mexico.

Visit Interactive
Two boys shopping for produce

Priority Policy: SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping feed more than 40 million Americans each month.

Learn More
Map of the United States showing food insecurity around the country

Child Food Insecurity Rates by State

Child food insecurity rates range from 9.4% in North Dakota to 26.3% in Mississippi.

Visit Interactive

Young boy holding plant in a garden

Stories and Expert Perspectives

Hear from experts about the impact of policies and programs in their communities, read interviews with researchers about data releases, and learn how some communities are taking action to help more children grow up healthy, including from places that have measured a decline in childhood obesity rates. 

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How SNAP Enables this Busy Alabama Mom to Provide for her Young Family


Andrika Harmon (left) and Kristi Gay at their StoryCorps recording on June 5, 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Andrika Harmon is a busy mom to her nine-month-old, Zion, and two step children. Receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits helps her buy healthy food to support her young family while she is working and finishing college.

“I had to turn around to her and explain, look, this is what is going on in my life.” – Andrika Harmon

However, that hasn’t stopped the judgement that can come from using SNAP benefits. Andrika tells Kristi Gay—her nurse home visitor with the Gift of Life Foundation’s Nurse-Family Partnership Program—about the criticism she received during a trip to the grocery store after Zion was born.

We hear first from Kristi.


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This story was recorded and produced by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Originally posted on September 19, 2018.

Alabama Fast Facts

17%

In Alabama, 17% of residents participate in SNAP.

More State Data

24.1%

In Alabama, 24.1% of children are food insecure.

17.7%

In Alabama, 17.7% of the overall population is food insecure.

People shopping at the farmers market

SNAP Stories

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping feed more than 40 million Americans each month. Learn more about the critical support SNAP provides to families and individuals across the country.

See More Stories
Mother and child holding a tomato at the grocery store

New Research

SNAP benefits would decrease substantially under the House Farm Bill for some households receiving energy assistance. A new microsimulation conducted by Mathematica Policy Research finds that between 800,000 and 1.1 million households receiving SNAP benefits in 2017 would experience a $50 to $75 cut in their monthly benefit under certain provisions of the Bill. 

Read More

Related

Graphic showing snap participation around the United States

SNAP Participation Rate by State

The percentage of residents participating in SNAP ranges from 6% in Wyoming to 23% in New Mexico.

Visit Interactive
Two boys shopping for produce

Priority Policy: SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping feed more than 40 million Americans each month.

Learn More
Map of the United States showing food insecurity around the country

Child Food Insecurity Rates by State

Child food insecurity rates range from 9.4% in North Dakota to 26.3% in Mississippi.

Visit Interactive

Young boy holding plant in a garden

Stories and Expert Perspectives

Hear from experts about the impact of policies and programs in their communities, read interviews with researchers about data releases, and learn how some communities are taking action to help more children grow up healthy, including from places that have measured a decline in childhood obesity rates. 

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How SNAP Helps this Michigan Family Access Healthy Food


Max Gage (left) and Catherine Gage at their StoryCorps recording on June 27, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Max Gage’s father needed emergency surgery. He had been ill and was unable to work.

It was then that his family turned to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which has helped Max’s mother, Catherine Gage, continue to support their family of eight.  

“It’s been huge to actually see firsthand what food does to us and our health, to see how it can turn your life around.” – Catherine Gage

With several food allergies throughout the family, Catherine wanted to make sure they had access to food that would enable them to live a healthy life. She shares how SNAP makes that possible and how programs like Double Up Food Bucks help their SNAP benefits go even further in accessing fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms.


Story Corps logo

This story was recorded and produced by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Originally posted on September 19, 2018.

Michigan Fast Facts

15%

In Michigan, 15% of residents participate in SNAP.

More State Data

18%

In Michigan, 18% of children are food insecure.

15.1%

In Michigan, 15.1% of the overall population is food insecure.

People shopping at the farmers market

SNAP Stories

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping feed more than 40 million Americans each month. Learn more about the critical support SNAP provides to families and individuals across the country.

See More Stories
Mother and child holding a tomato at the grocery store

New Research

SNAP benefits would decrease substantially under the House Farm Bill for some households receiving energy assistance. A new microsimulation conducted by Mathematica Policy Research finds that between 800,000 and 1.1 million households receiving SNAP benefits in 2017 would experience a $50 to $75 cut in their monthly benefit under certain provisions of the Bill. 

Read More

Related

Graphic showing snap participation around the United States

SNAP Participation Rate by State

The percentage of residents participating in SNAP ranges from 6% in Wyoming to 23% in New Mexico.

Visit Interactive
Two boys shopping for produce

Priority Policy: SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping feed more than 40 million Americans each month.

Learn More
Map of the United States showing food insecurity around the country

Child Food Insecurity Rates by State

Child food insecurity rates range from 9.4% in North Dakota to 26.3% in Mississippi.

Visit Interactive

Young boy holding plant in a garden

Stories and Expert Perspectives

Hear from experts about the impact of policies and programs in their communities, read interviews with researchers about data releases, and learn how some communities are taking action to help more children grow up healthy, including from places that have measured a decline in childhood obesity rates. 

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How these Michigan Farmers & Veterans Support Families Participating in SNAP



After September 11, 2001, Jeremy Huffman and Adam Ingrao felt compelled to act. They joined the military to serve their country. But after their service concluded they sought their next mission, which they found through agriculture and providing healthy food to their community.

“It’s not just about access to food; it’s about access to hope.” – Adam Ingrao

As farmers and healthy food advocates, they discuss how their work supports families who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and specifically the families they have worked with in Flint, Michigan, dealing with the lead crisis.

We hear first from Jeremy.


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This story was recorded and produced by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Originally posted on September 19, 2018.

Michigan Fast Facts

15%

In Michigan, 15% of residents participate in SNAP.

More State Data

18%

In Michigan, 18% of children are food insecure.

15.1%

In Michigan, 15.1% of the overall population is food insecure.

People shopping at the farmers market

SNAP Stories

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping feed more than 40 million Americans each month. Learn more about the critical support SNAP provides to families and individuals across the country.

See More Stories
Mother and child holding a tomato at the grocery store

New Research

SNAP benefits would decrease substantially under the House Farm Bill for some households receiving energy assistance. A new microsimulation conducted by Mathematica Policy Research finds that between 800,000 and 1.1 million households receiving SNAP benefits in 2017 would experience a $50 to $75 cut in their monthly benefit under certain provisions of the Bill. 

Read More

Related

Graphic showing snap participation around the United States

SNAP Participation Rate by State

The percentage of residents participating in SNAP ranges from 6% in Wyoming to 23% in New Mexico.

Visit Interactive
Two boys shopping for produce

Priority Policy: SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping feed more than 40 million Americans each month.

Learn More
Map of the United States showing food insecurity around the country

Child Food Insecurity Rates by State

Child food insecurity rates range from 9.4% in North Dakota to 26.3% in Mississippi.

Visit Interactive

Young boy holding plant in a garden

Stories and Expert Perspectives

Hear from experts about the impact of policies and programs in their communities, read interviews with researchers about data releases, and learn how some communities are taking action to help more children grow up healthy, including from places that have measured a decline in childhood obesity rates. 

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How SNAP Helped this Kansas Mom Leave an Abusive Relationship


Brian Johnson (left) and Kolia Souza at their StoryCorps recording on June 25, 2018 in Manhattan, Kansas.

When she was younger, Kolia Souza went to work with bruises. The man she was in a relationship with at the time—the father of her two daughters—was physically abusive. She was worried about the challenges she would face leaving him, but knew it was best for her and her daughters.

“Having those benefits was my way out and my way to make a better life for myself and my daughters.” – Kolia Souza

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helped Kolia get back on her feet after leaving that relationship, and it enabled her to finish college and provide for her daughters.

Kolia later married Brian Johnson, who shares his experience as a young boy when his mother received SNAP benefits after leaving an abusive relationship with his father.


Story Corps logo

This story was recorded and produced by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Originally posted on September 19, 2018.

Kansas Fast Facts

9%

In Kansas, 9% of residents participate in SNAP.

19.2%

In Kansas, 19.2% of children are food insecure.

13.2%

In Kansas, 13.2% of the overall population is food insecure.

More State Data
People shopping at the farmers market

Snap Stories

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping feed more than 40 million Americans each month. Learn more about the critical support SNAP provides to families and individuals across the country.

See More Stories
Mother and child holding a tomato at the grocery store

New Research

SNAP benefits would decrease substantially under the House Farm Bill for some households receiving energy assistance. A new microsimulation conducted by Mathematica Policy Research finds that between 800,000 and 1.1 million households receiving SNAP benefits in 2017 would experience a $50 to $75 cut in their monthly benefit under certain provisions of the Bill. 

Read More

Related

Graphic showing snap participation around the United States

SNAP Participation Rate by State

The percentage of residents participating in SNAP ranges from 6% in Wyoming to 23% in New Mexico.

Visit Interactive

Priority Policy: SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping feed more than 40 million Americans each month.

Learn more
Map of the United States showing food insecurity around the country

Child Food Insecurity Rates by State

Child food insecurity rates range from 9.4% in North Dakota to 26.3% in Mississippi.

Visit Interactive

Young boy holding plant in a garden

Stories and Expert Perspectives

Hear from experts about the impact of policies and programs in their communities, read interviews with researchers about data releases, and learn how some communities are taking action to help more children grow up healthy, including from places that have measured a decline in childhood obesity rates. 

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How SNAP Helped this Alabama Mom Graduate College and Give her Daughter a Healthy Start



Jennifer Wells-Marshall was trying to make ends meet while in college and raising her young daughter. She worked every day, but it wasn’t enough to pay all the bills and put food on the table. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helped her cover the cost of food so her daughter wouldn’t be hungry.

“I worked every single day of the week, but it wasn’t enough.” – Jennifer Wells-Marshall

Jennifer tells her friend and colleague, Helen Jones, about the judgement she faced and how she persevered and went on to get her Ph.D. and have a successful career. Now 25 years old, Jennifer’s daughter has completed college and is in the process of finishing her master’s degree.


Story Corps logo

This story was recorded and produced by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Originally posted on September 19, 2018.

Alabama Fast Facts

17%

In Alabama, 17% of residents participate in SNAP.

More State Data

24.1%

In Alabama, 24.1% of children are food insecure.

17.7%

In Alabama, 17.7% of the overall population is food insecure.

People shopping at the farmers market

Snap Stories

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping feed more than 40 million Americans each month. Learn more about the critical support SNAP provides to families and individuals across the country.

See More Stories
Mother and child holding a tomato at the grocery store

New Research

SNAP benefits would decrease substantially under the House Farm Bill for some households receiving energy assistance. A new microsimulation conducted by Mathematica Policy Research finds that between 800,000 and 1.1 million households receiving SNAP benefits in 2017 would experience a $50 to $75 cut in their monthly benefit under certain provisions of the Bill.

Read More

Related

Graphic showing snap participation around the United States

SNAP Participation Rate by State

The percentage of residents participating in SNAP ranges from 6% in Wyoming to 23% in New Mexico.

Visit Interactive
Two boys shopping for produce

Priority Policy: SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping feed more than 40 million Americans each month.

Learn More
Map of the United States showing food insecurity around the country

Child Food Insecurity Rates by State

Child food insecurity rates range from 9.4% in North Dakota to 26.3% in Mississippi.

Visit Interactive

Young boy holding plant in a garden

Stories and Expert Perspectives

Hear from experts about the impact of policies and programs in their communities, read interviews with researchers about data releases, and learn how some communities are taking action to help more children grow up healthy, including from places that have measured a decline in childhood obesity rates. 

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