Tuesday, October 4, 2016
SNAP WORKS FOR KIDS
SNAP delivers more nutrition assistance to low-income children than any other, making it the nation’s largest child nutrition program. In 2016, SNAP will help about 20 million children each month — about one in four U.S. children — while providing about $30 billion in nutrition benefits for children over the course of the year. SNAP makes this impact even though it provides only a modest benefit — just $1.35 on average per person per meal for households with children. SNAP can do this because its (1) funding structure enables a quick and automatic response to changing economic conditions, (2) uniform eligibility rules make benefits available to children in almost all families with little income and few resources, and (3) benefit structure targets assistance to families with the fewest resources available for food.
Source: Center for Budget & Policy Priorities, 9/29/16, SNAP & Kids