The Effectiveness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

This online publication, Food Insecurity and Hunger in the U.S.: New Research, by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and Children’s HealthWatch, focuses on the characteristics and circumstances of SNAP participants. For example, “more than 60 percent of participants are children, the elderly, or people with disabilities. Second, many SNAP households include at least one working adult. About 43 percent of participants live in a household with a working adult. Third, those who receive benefits are very poor. On average, SNAP households have incomes less than 59 percent of the poverty level. Fourth, new SNAP participants stay on the program for a short time (less than 12 months on average), and most join the program because of a job loss.”

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