Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

The Extent of Trafficking in SNAP: 2006–2008

Resource type
Research
Research type
Payment Accuracy and Program Integrity
Resource Materials
PDF Icon Summary (102.52 KB)
PDF Icon Final Report (455.65 KB)

This is the fifth report in a series of periodic analyses to estimate the extent of trafficking in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Trafficking – selling SNAP benefits to food retailers for cash - impedes the mission and compromises the integrity of SNAP. While not a cost to the Federal Government, trafficking diverts benefits from their intended purpose of helping low-income families access a nutritious diet. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) aggressively acts to control trafficking by using SNAP purchase data to identify suspicious transaction patterns, conducting undercover investigations, and collaborating with other investigative agencies.

Page updated: December 15, 2021