The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the cornerstone of the Nation's nutrition assistance safety net. SNAP touches the lives of over one in seven Americans. Benefits are available to most people who meet the financial requirements, and the program serves a broad spectrum of low income people. In Fiscal Year 2011, SNAP provided about $5.4 billion in food benefits to a monthly average of 2,999,991 people in New York. The program served 76 percent of those eligible for benefits in New York in 2010. SNAP also has an economic multiplier effect; every dollar in new SNAP benefits results in $1.80 in total economic activity.
The American Community Survey provides a snapshot of SNAP participants in 2009-2011 for each Congressional District. More detailed information for the Nation and each State is presented in Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2011, available at http://www.fns.usda.gov/research-and-analysis.
Click on your congressional district for information on characteristics of SNAP households.