Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Most SNAP recipients are working poor households
When the President's budget director unveiled the administration's blueprint for significant cuts to SNAP, he noted that the aim was to get people working. "If you're on food stamps and you're able-bodied, we need you to go to work….," Mick Mulvaney said. But the reality is, many people (44%) who rely on SNAP live in a family where at least one person is working, according to the latest USDA figures. And when it comes to families on SNAP with kids, a majority — 55% — are bringing home wages, according to USDA. The problem is, those wages aren't enough to actually live on. As it turns out, many of the working poor who rely on SNAP benefits are employed in the food industry; 52% of fast-food workers are enrolled in, or have their families enrolled in, one or more public assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program.