SNAP benefits increased resources of poorest U.S. households, reversing declines in income floor

Line chart comparing income floor as a percent of the U.S. poverty threshold for households with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and without SNAP benefits added to household resources from 1988 to 2016.

Researchers at USDA, Economic Research Service, the World Bank, and Georgetown University use a metric known as the income floor, which represents the income level of a society’s poorest household, to examine the effectiveness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in supporting the most impoverished U.S. households.

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