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10 Ways SNAP is so Good at its Job that it’s Scary

October 31, 2017

This Halloween we can’t help but be a little scared by how well the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program works. Here are ten reasons why:

Research has found that receipt of SNAP in early childhood improved high school graduation rates, adult earnings, and adult health.

Seniors enrolled in SNAP are 23% less likely to need assisted living.

Seniors enrolled in SNAP are 14% less likely to end up in the hospital.

Every billion in SNAP benefits generates as many as 14,000 jobs in states like California.

Every $5 in SNAP benefits generates $9 in economic activity.

SNAP lifted 3.6 million Americans out of poverty in 2016, according to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure.

SNAP reacts quickly and robustly to economic problems and natural disasters; as seen in the swift action to enroll people after the recent California wildfires.

SNAP supports working families struggling with low wages.

SNAP helps families fill their plates with healthy food and improves their dietary intake.

SNAP stops people from going hungry. 

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