SNAP's Role in the Great Recession and Beyond

Research Report

SNAP's Role in the Great Recession and Beyond

Abstract

During the Great Recession, millions of Americans turned to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, to help pay for food. This brief summarizes a roundtable discussion among experts, advocates and government officials focused on SNAPs role during the recession and beyond, including its impact on poverty, food insecurity and health. Experts concluded that SNAP does more than combat hunger it is an antipoverty program, a work support, a promoter of health and nutrition, and an automatic stabilizer in recessions.

To reuse content from Urban Institute, visit copyright.com, search for the publications, choose from a list of licenses, and complete the transaction.