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SNAP/FOOD STAMP FACTS

IMPORTANT NOTICE

SNAP benefits will decrease Nov 1 due to a change in the economic stimulus law of 2009 that boosted SNAP payments. See flier for changes per household size.

 

The SNAP Quiz

The answers in our SNAP quiz might surprise you. Too many times, we only see vital programs, like SNAP (food stamps), in terms of dollars and forget the role they play in strengthening our communities by reducing hunger in America. Take our quiz now to learn and then share the real facts about SNAP.

SNAP Alumni

The Snap Alumni Project champions successful Americans — citizens who once received food stamps and are now leaders in the arts, government, business, sports and education. Read their stories.

 

SNAP and the Local Economy

Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program increases the purchasing power of low-income community residents and thereby contributes to the local economy. 

Estimates of what local communities receive in multiplier effects from the SNAP range from $1.73* to $1.84** for every dollar of SNAP benefits spent.

In addition, the federal government pays the full cost of SNAP benefits and half of each state's administrative costs associated with the program such as salaries and office space.

Food stamp cuts hurt the economy, taxpayers according to column in Star-Telegram.

Nobel Prize economist Paul Krugman explains economic and social benefits of SNAP (food stamps) in his New York Times column, "From the Mouths of Babes."

 

SNAP Numbers

During the economic recession that began in 2008, the number of people seeking food assistance and receiving SNAP benefits has increased significantly across the nation, Texas and Tarrant Area Food Bank's service region as families have been hit with rising food and energy prices, unemployment and housing foreclosures.

Benefit programs such as SNAP have kept millions from falling into poverty, according to U.S. Census Bureau Supplemental Poverty Measure

Texas

  • Statewide, the number of people receiving SNAP benefits increased nearly 50 percent from May 2008 to May 2010.
  • Of the nearly 3.5 million Texans benefiting from SNAP in May of this year, 56 percent (1.94 million) were children aged 17 and younger.

Our 13-County Service region

  • From May 2008 to May 2010, the total number of people benefiting from SNAP increased 68 percent.
  • Of the nearly 290,000 individuals in our service region who were able to keep some food on their tables through SNAP this past May, 57 percent were children.

Tarrant County 

  • The number of residents receiving SNAP benefits for their basic nutritional needs increased 63 percent from May 2008 to May 2010
  • Of the nearly 151,000 individuals benefiting from SNAP this past May, 58 percent were children.

 

More about SNAP

                                                                                                                                                             

 * "The Economic Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act", January 21, 2009, by Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody's Economy.com

** Kenneth Hansen and Elise Golan, "Effects of Changes in Food Stamp Expenditures Across the U.S. Economy," Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report Number 26-6, U.S. Department of Agriculture, August 2002.

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