Measuring the Effect of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation on Food Security

Publisher: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
Aug 30, 2013
Authors
James Mabli, Jim Ohls, Lisa Dragoset, Laura Castner, and Betsy Santos
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance to more than 47 million low-income Americans every month. It aims to reduce hunger by facilitating beneficiaries’ access to enough food for a healthy, active lifestyle, otherwise known as "food security." Our study conducted for the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that SNAP participation is associated with improved food security. The study is the largest and most rigorous one to date examining the effect of SNAP on food security.