Thursday, April 7, 2022

SNAP supports rural families

A new report by the American Enterprise Institute explains how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP, or Food Stamps) helps rural families. 

Key Points

  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enables many Americans to purchase the food they need through an efficient, market-based approach that has a stimulus effect during economic downturns.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress increased SNAP benefits, resulting in $387 million in additional benefits flowing to residents of rural counties.
  • Although SNAP benefits reduced the rural poverty rate by 1.4 percent in 2020, food insecurity continues to be extensive, affecting 11.6 percent of all adults and children in rural counties.
View the report here