FNS Documents & Resources
The in-depth interviews discussed in this report consist of detailed discussions with 90 SNAP households with children in 6 States (California, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Texas) about their financial situations, their use of SNAP, and their overall food security. Interview questions focused on household expenditures and income, SNAP and food shopping habits, eating habits, nutrition, triggers of food hardship, and food-related coping strategies.
In response to rising caseloads and limited resources, States have sought to reduce administrative costs while maintaining or
increasing access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The changes States have made are commonly referred to as modernization, not privatization. Modernization decisions are influenced by a variety of factors that vary by State. This report presents in-depth case studies in five States with modernization initiatives in place between July 2000 and
February 2012 to describe their experiences, assess potential impacts, and identify key lessons learned.