Economic Research Report No. (ERR-151) 34 pp

August 2013

Effects of the Decline in the Real Value of SNAP Benefits From 2009 to 2011

This report estimates the extent to which inflation in food prices has eroded improvement in the food security of SNAP recipients that followed the increase in benefit size in April 2009 mandated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Keywords: Food security, food insecurity, food spending, SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, ARRA, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, inflation, food price inflation

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