What is SNAP?
SNAP or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the federal name for the Food Stamp program. In 2008, it was renamed at the federal level. Each state, however, has the ability to call it whatever name they wish. In Idaho, it is still referred to as the Food Stamp program.
In the U.S. SNAP is our largest safety net and it's existence is as necessary as ever. On average, the program helps 48 million low-income families afford to eat healthy and nutritious foods.
Fast Facts: Idaho and the Food Stamp Program
More than 77% of SNAP participants are in families with children
Almost 32% of SNAP recipients are in families with elderly or disabled members
SNAP kept 54,000 people out of poverty from 2009-2012, including 23,000 children
SNAP benefits pumped about $234 million into Idaho's economy in 2017
*Taken from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities state by state report, updated March 2018.