This report describes the characteristics of SNAP households and participants and presents an overview of SNAP eligibility requirements and benefit levels in fiscal year 2015 (October 2014 through September 2015). In fiscal year 2015, approximately 82 percent of SNAP households lived in poverty; these households received 57 percent of all benefits. Seventy-five percent of SNAP households included a child, an elderly individual, or an individual with a disability; these households received 82 percent of all benefits. The average SNAP monthly benefit in fiscal year 2015 was $254.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services, Office of Research and Analysis
This package presents the 2015 Program Access Index, which is the ratio of SNAP participants to those living below 125 percent of poverty, with some adjustments made. It is the basis of cash awards given to States with high or improved rates. (Author abstract)
This report – part of an annual series – presents estimates of the percentage of eligible persons, by State, who participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during an average month in fiscal year (FY) 2014 and in the two previous fiscal years. This report also presents estimates of State participation rates for eligible “working poor” individuals (persons in households with earnings) over the same period. (Author abstract)
This report – part of an annual series – presents estimates of the percentage of eligible persons, by State, who participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during an average month in fiscal year (FY) 2013 and in the 2 previous fiscal years. (Author introduction)
Welcome to the 10th Edition of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) State Options Report. This report summarizes information related to State policy and administrative options. SNAP’s statutes, regulations, and waivers provide State agencies with various policy options. State agencies use this flexibility to adapt their programs to meet the needs of eligible, low-income people in their States. Modernization and technology have provided States with new opportunities and options in administering the program.
The total cost of State administrative expenses (SAE) in the Food Stamp Program (FSP) was $5.5 billion in FY 2007. (On October 1, 2008, the Food Stamp Program will change its name to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP). While the Federal Government pays 100 percent of the cost of food stamp benefits, SAE are shared about 50/50 between the States and the Federal Government. These costs vary substantially between States. While the national average SAE was $469 per case in FY2007, State averages ranged from $169 in South Carolina to $1,169 in California.
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. (author abstract)
This report offers updated estimates of the number of people eligible for WIC benefits in 2011, including (1) estimates by participant category (including children by single year of age) and coverage rates; (2) updated estimates in U.S. territories; and (3) confidence intervals. The national estimates presented in this report are based on a methodology developed in 2003 by the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council (CNSTAT).
This report describes Native American participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) based on data collected by the biennial WIC Participant and Program Characteristics Studies in 1992, 1994, 1996, and 1998.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education (including breastfeeding promotion and support), and referrals to health care and other social services at no charge. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk.