The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly
the Food Stamp Program) is the Nation's largest domestic food and
nutrition assistance program for low-income Americans.
ERS research focuses on SNAP's effectiveness in meeting income
support and diet quality objectives. ERS analyzes:
- SNAP participants' food consumption, spending, and obesity
- factors such as regional and store format that influence the
affordability of foods,
- the role of prices and income in food choices,
- the effects of nutrition information on food choices,
- innovative strategies for improving food choices suggested by
- and evaluation of program outcomes.
Information about program eligibility requirements, benefits,
and application process is available from USDA's Food and Nutrition
Service, the agency that administers the program.