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 76% of SNAP participants are in families with children
Almost 24% of SNAP recipients are in families with elderly or disabled members
SNAP kept 33,000 people out of poverty from 2009-2012, including 14,000 children
SNAP benefits pumped about $269 million into Idaho's economy in 2014
*Taken from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities state by state report, updated February 2015.