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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

SNAP HELPS ALL KINDS OF CHILDREN


SNAP will help about 20 million children each month this year.  Among those children are kids of all ages, who live in all types of communities and in many different types of families. Those families do have one thing in common: they are poor and have a hard time obtaining an adequate diet.  Over 80% of SNAP households with children have gross incomes below the poverty line ($20,100 annually for a family of three in 2016); nearly half have incomes below 50% of the poverty line.  Nearly a third of the children are younger than 5 years old, 40% are 5 to 11 years old, and 25% are 12 to 17 years old.  Virtually all participating children are U.S. citizens; 20% live in a household with at least one non-citizen.   Only one in seven households with children (15%) receive cash assistance (TANF or state General Assistance) while participating in SNAP. Five percent of SNAP children have a severe disability, and another 10% live in a household where someone receives disability benefits.

Source: Center for Budget & Policy Priorities, 10/4/16, SNAP Kids