Over the course of the L’Taken season (which just ended this past weekend), participants learned about the different government programs that comprise the social safety net and how all of these vital programs work together to help our country’s most vulnerable. One of these programs is the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which provides nourishment for those living in poverty.
SNAP is a vital program that works: because of SNAP, 4.7 million Americas were lifted out of poverty in 2011. According to 2013 data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), over 49 million Americans lived in a household that faced difficulty affording enough food in 2013. 15.8 million children struggled with food insecurity issues in the past year. Additionally, 50% of U.S children will receive SNAP benefits at some point before they reach the age of 20. 92% of SNAP benefits go to households with incomes that are below the poverty line, and two fifths of SNAP households are below half of the poverty line. SNAP helped over 46 million low-income Americans afford a nutritionally adequate diet around the end of 2014.