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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

EVEN CONSERVATIVES FIND SNAP WORKS


The conservative think tank, the American Enterprise Institute, observes that a large body of research shows that SNAP reduces poverty, improves food security among low-income households, and has positive effects on infant health and long-term benefits for children. It also finds SNAP to be fairly efficient. In FY 2014, the error rate (that is, the percentage of dollars that go to ineligible house- holds or get over- or underpaid) was extremely low at 3.66%, and 99% of households that received benefits were eligible. In addition, 92% of spending is for benefits that go directly into households, with only 8% supporting administrative and other efforts.

Source: American Enterprise Institute, 1/25/17, SNAP Reforms