How Do Food Stamps Work?

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With an estimated 46 million Americans using federal food assistance program, we want to know, are food stamps effective in alleviating hunger and poverty?

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Supporting Families, Strengthening Communities: The Economic Importance of Nutrition Assistance
“The program has become one of the main anchors of the social safety net, offering nutrition assistance to millions of eligible low-income individuals and families and providing economic benefits to communities.”

Assessing the Macro Economic Impact of Fiscal Stimulus 2008
“Extending unemployment insurance and expanding food stamps are the most effective ways to prime the economy’s pump. A $1 increase in UI benefits generates an estimated $1.64 in near-term GDP; increasing food stamp payments by $1 boosts GDP by $1.73.”

Policy Basics: Introduction to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
“After unemployment insurance, SNAP is the most responsive federal program providing additional assistance during economic downturns. It also is an important nutritional support for low-wage working families, low-income seniors, and people with disabilities living on fixed incomes.”

2015 Poverty Guidelines

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