Essay about The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

1664 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 7 Pages
Running Head: SNAP

SNAP: A Change in Administration of Benefits
Ronalda Surin
Social Work 204 Snap: A Change in Administration of Benefits

The Issue The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a revision of the food stamp program initially established by the Food Stamp Act of 1964, supplements the nutritional needs of people whose income falls below a specified level (Dubois, 2011). The purpose of this program is to end hunger and improve nutrition in the United States. It is available to all households on the basis of financial need, regardless of age, family type or disability Kuhn, 1996). For many low income households, SNAP benefits comprise of about 25% of the families household resources (Kuhn, 1996). SNAP is one of the most successful antipoverty programs, lifting millions out of poverty, averting hunger, and improving public health nationwide(DeLauro 2015). SNAP benefits reduces the depth and severity of poverty by about 16% (Segal, 2013). They are an in-kind benefit, the programs grows based on need and there is not a cap on time frame for receiving benefits. The number of participants grew 10% from 2004 to 2007, and then jumped dramatically following the recession. From 2007 to 2010, the number of program participants grew by 53% (Segal, 2013). Unemployment, underemployment and high rates of poverty contribute to the increased need for a food supplement program. Yet, with the number of people receiving SNAP benefits, there are one third of…

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