SNAP is the first line of defense against hunger in our communities.
What is SNAP?
SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP is a federal nutrition program that helps millions of families with low income in the U.S. put food on the table. SNAP benefits are delivered monthly through electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards which can be used to purchase groceries at retailers nationwide.
Why SNAP works
- SNAP helps the most vulnerable of our neighbors
- 2/3 of people who receive SNAP are kids, seniors, or people living with disabilities.
- SNAP helps families stretch their food budgets to alleviate hunger and buy healthier foods.
- SNAP helps support the local economy
- Every $1 in SNAP benefits helps generate between $1.50 and $1.80 in economic activity.
- Households usually spend their monthly benefits right away, so SNAP provides quick support to local economies.
- SNAP can help families during the pandemic and economic crisis
- SNAP is well-designed to respond quickly and effectively to support families and communities during times of increased need, expanding when the economy weakens and contracting as the economy recovers.
- Food banks have seen a 60 percent increase in demand since the start of the pandemic. SNAP benefits give families more dignity when meeting their food needs and help shorten the lines of families waiting for food assistance at food banks.