Call on your Congress Members to end the war on SNAP and invest new resources in this crucial program via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. You can find the name of your Congress representative here.
General SNAP Facts
- • According to the USDA, during 2012, more than 46 million Americans received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
- • The vast majority of SNAP recipients are families with a working parent, children, seniors or people with disabilities.
This included 16 million children.
- • The average SNAP recipient is on the program for less than one year.
- • SNAP boosts the economy and has an estimated return of $1.70 for every dollar invested
- • The average SNAP benefit is less than five dollars a day.
- • SNAP lifted 4.7 million people out of poverty in 2011, including 2.1 million children.
November 1st SNAP Cuts
- • On November 1, 2013 all SNAP recipients saw a reduction in their benefits as a result of the temporary boost to SNAP as part of ARRA (American Recovery & Reinvestment Act).
- • For families of three, the cut is $29 a month — a total of $319 for November 2013 through September 2014, the remaining months of fiscal year 2014.
- • Without the Recovery Act’s boost, SNAP benefits averages less than $1.40 per person per meal in 2014.
- • 22 million children and 9 million seniors and people with disabilities have been hit by the cuts.
For more information on these cuts, visit http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3899
(SNAP statistics courtesy of http://nyccah.org)