Description: This data set provides time-series data on state and county-level estimates of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation and benefit levels, combined with area estimates of total population and the number of persons in poverty. All data, except program benefit amounts, are for a selected point in time each year; program benefit levels are total benefits issued over the course of a calendar year.
Population: SNAP state and county level estimates are provided based on data from the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program of U.S. Census Bureau. SNAP benefits issued data provided by the Regional Economic Information System, Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Periodicity: Program participation counts available from 1997-2008; counts available for program benefits up to 2011. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Data System is no longer being updated due to inconsistencies and reliability issues in the source data.