As reauthorization of SNAP approaches, policymakers, interested citizens, and you (E-update readers) need reliable information to assess the program's strengths and identify opportunities for improvement. USDA's new Building a Healthy America report draws on a wide range of research and analysis to present the latest information on SNAP's operatons and impacts. download, read, and share..
Some key points include:
- In 2011, SNAP served nearly 45 million people, about one in seven Americans. Nearly half of SNAP participants are children. 8% of all participants are age 60 or older, and about 20% of households include a disabled member.
- 75% of the people who receive benefits for a year or less - and about 40% overall - live in households with earnings
- In fiscal year 2010, the program achieved the highest level of overall payment accuracy in its history. The record low error rate has been achieved during a time of rising State caseloads. In the past 10 years, the error rate has declined by 56% although SNAP participation has grown by 134%.
- Census Bureau analysis shows that SNAP would lift 3.9 million Americans - including 1.7 million children - out of poverty if its benefits were included in the official measures of income and poverty.
- Every $1 in new SNAP benefits generates up to $1.80 of economic activity.
Other SNAP Topics in the Report Include:
- Diet Quality of SNAP Participants
- Reasons for Not Participating in SNAP
- SNAP Participation Rates by State
- SNAP Modernization
- And much more
Again, you can view and/or download the report by clicking here.