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Publication Title: Reliance on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Continued to Rise Post-Recession
Region: National
Publication Type: Issue Brief
Publication Number: 39
Publication Date: November 1, 2011
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This brief uses data from the 2007, 2009, and 2010 American Community Survey to provide an up-to-date look at changes in SNAP receipt over the course of the recession. The author reports that receipt of SNAP continued to rise in 2010, increasing 4 percentage points since the recession began in 2007, and 1.6 percentage points since 2009. By 2010, nearly 12 percent of households reported receiving SNAP benefits. Receipt is even higher in rural places and central cities, approaching 15 percent in both places. Reliance on SNAP was still very high among single parents in 2010, rising 10 percentage points nationally since the recession began. The brief makes it evident that the economy has not recovered enough to begin cutting SNAP funds. While budget cuts are imminent, the author urges legislators to carefully consider the effects on America’s most vulnerable families when reducing funding for such important programs.

Author(s) Jessica Bean
Category(s) Health, Rural America, Vulnerable Families