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SNAP-Eligible Households

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as “food stamps,” helps millions of low-income Americans put food on the table, providing benefits that are timely, targeted and temporary. SNAP is a program that has been proven to respond quickly to changes in need, growing in response to increases in poverty and unemployment and shrinking as need abates. The nutrition assistance program reaches the people who need it most, predominantly serving households with children, elderly and disabled members. SNAP benefits provide a strong work incentive, phasing out as participants get back on their feet.

Nationally, SNAP provides help to more than 42 million people each year. Ensuring that everyone who is eligible has access to SNAP benefits is a key means of providing more meals to more people nationwide.

According to Feeding America® research, only 41 percent of the households served by the Feeding America network report receiving SNAP benefits. Yet more than 88 percent are estimated to be income eligible. This suggests that many of the families who visit food pantries and meal programs are likely eligible but, for a variety of reasons, are not participating in the program.


Feeding America food banks provide application assistance to those eligible for SNAP through a variety of outreach methods. Contact your local food bank and find out how it is solving food insecurity in your community.

Resources for Organizations and Individuals that conduct SNAP Outreach:

  • SNAP-Ed Strategies and Interventions – A SNAP-Ed toolkit designed to help SNAP-Ed implementing agencies identify evidence-based and emerging intervention programs and strategies to help low-resource residents achieve healthy lifestyles and prevent certain chronic diseases. Other food security resources are available on the Public Health Institute’s website.
  • USDA Healthy Incentives Pilot Report – The Healthy Incentives Pilot (HIP) tested a way of making fruits and vegetables more affordable for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • Feeding America Real Stories: SNAP – SNAP provides a critical safety net for families across America. Hear the stories of people who have fallen on hard times and rely on SNAP.
  • SNAP Pre-Screening Tool – Use this USDA pre-screening tool to determine someone’s SNAP eligibility.
  • SNAP Community Partner Outreach Toolkit – This toolkit includes statistics, facts and figures about SNAP, key messages and talking points. It also lays the groundwork for how community and faith-based organizations can work with state and local SNAP offices along with other nonprofits.
  • What is SNAP? – Watch a video breakdown of SNAP.
  • Let’s Talk About SNAP – This videos details the importance of SNAP as a tool to help people facing food insecurity achieve long-term food security.
  • SNAP To Health! – This site provides a virtual town hall for SNAP, WIC and nutrition in the United States.
  • Online SNAP Assistance – Use this tool to connect with local support when applying for SNAP benefits and other food options in your area.