Some households no longer eligible for food assistance have unmet food needs

Some households no longer eligible for food assistance have unmet food needs

USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides resources to help eligible low-income families obtain nutritious food. The period of transitioning off SNAP can be a financially challenging time for some households even though their employment and income have usually improved. An ERS study found that very low food security-characterized by disrupted eating patterns and reduced intake-is more prevalent among households that recently left SNAP than among households still receiving assistance. This chart is from the September 2011 issue of Amber Waves magazine.


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