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SNAP Participation Doesn’t Snap Back – That’s By Design

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) safeguards families from food insecurity, ensuring that millions of families, including nearly 20 million children, do not go hungry in America each year. The program successfully responds to economic changes, with participation and expenditures rising during times of economic crisis, before falling during the ensuing recovery. In fact, the number of people on SNAP is on the decline, dropping from a high of over 47 million in 2013 to 44 million persons today.

SNAP Encourages Work

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) protected 44 million Americans in 2016 from food insecurity and hunger. Critics of the program who are demanding significant changes and drastic cuts often ignore the makeup of the SNAP population, the economic conditions people face, and the reality that SNAP successfully encourages work.