Writen by John Newton, Ph.D., Director, Market Intelligence and Bob Young, Chief Economist & Deputy Executive Director, Public Policy, American Farm Bureau Federation
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program) is the nation's largest domestic food and nutrition assistance program for low-income Americans. Program participants include women, children, the elderly, and military veterans and their families. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. People have long associated SNAP recipients with urban communities, especially when it comes to farm bill negotiations and the historical partnership between farm policy and nutrition programs. However, data reveal that residents of rural communities depend on SNAP as much as, and potentially more than, their urban counterparts.
Each year, millions of low-income individuals and families receive nutrition assistance. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service SNAP participation and costs data reveal that in 2016 the average monthly SNAP benefit per person, including costs of administering and monitoring the program, was approximately $160 per person, with the average individual receiving $125, Figure 1. During 2016, approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population received SNAP benefits.
Read the full article on the American Farm Bureau Federation website here.