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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP is the most effective anti-hunger program in the United States and our communities’ first line of defense against hunger.

What’s at Stake?

SNAP is the nation’s first line of defense against hunger, providing food benefits that are timely, targeted, and temporary. SNAP benefits are delivered monthly through electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards which can be used to purchase groceries at retailers nationwide. 

In addition to SNAP boosting the food purchasing power of individuals and families, SNAP is also an economic multiplier that infuses money into local economies. Every dollar spent in SNAP benefits helps generate between $1.50 and $1.80 in economic activity. 

The charitable food system cannot meet growing demand for food alone, especially amid a pandemic and economic downturn. For every meal provided by our food banks, SNAP provides nine. There is no way that our network can make up for the unparalleled strength of SNAP to increase food security and stimulate local economies

Fast Facts 

  • 2/3 of people who receive SNAP are kids, seniors, and people living with disabilities.
  • Households usually spend their monthly benefits right away, so SNAP provides quick support to local economies.
  • SNAP is well-designed to respond quickly and effectively to support families with low incomes and communities during times of increased need, expanding when the economy weakens and contracting as the economy recovers. 

Our Experts

Carrie Calvert

Vice President, Agriculture and Nutrition Government Relations

Robert Campbell

Senior Director, Policy

Corey Malone-Smolla

Policy Manager