In fiscal year 2008, the average monthly SNAPbenefit per household was approximately $222.
These benefits, funded by Federal dollars, createbusiness when they are redeemed at your local foodretailers. Eighty-five percent of benefits, totaling$29 billion, were redeemed at the Nation’s 35,000supermarkets and superstores. The remainingbenefits, totaling $5 billion, contribute to theviability of 140,000 other firms which includegrocery stores, convenience stores, combinationstores, farmers markets and other retail food stores,plus wholesalers and meal services.
SNAP benefits are positively and significantlyrelated to household food expenditures.
Although estimates of the impact vary, studies haveshown that a $1 increase in the value of SNAP benefits of a typical recipient household leads toadditional food expenditures of between 17 and 47 cents.
SNAP recipients spend more dollarson food at local retailers in communities than eligible non-participants.SNAP benefits can be used at authorized farmers markets that sell local produce. This providesadditional customers for local farmers and provides SNAP recipients access to healthy locallygrown fruits and vegetables that might otherwise be unavailable to them. As of October 2009,there were 5,274 farmers markets operating nationwide. This is a 13 percent increase from the2008 update.
As of August 31, 2009, 939 farmers’ markets participated in SNAP, an increase of 687 since FY 2001, when farmers’ market participation was at its lowest in the past ten years at252. The number of farmers’ markets participating in SNAP has increased 25 percent since FY2008.
The SNAP supports work and helps low-income people make the transition to self-sufficiency.
Twenty-nine percent of participating SNAP households haveearnings.
Employees whose nutrition needs are met at homemay be healthier and thus may take fewer sick days forthemselves or their children. Employees may stay longer withcompanies that care about them by sharing information aboutSNAP benefits and its importance as a work support.The SNAP helps families become financially stable and make thetransition to self-sufficiency, getting them through the toughtimes. Half of all new participants will leave the program withinnine months.
SNAP benefits are a work support. SNAP benefits help those leaving the Temporary Assistancefor Needy Families program and transitioning to work by supplementing their food budgets sothat they can stay independent and work toward self-sufficiency.
Since SNAP benefits decreaseonly by 24 to 36 cents for every additional dollar of earnings, SNAP recipients have incentives towork since they will be better off working rather than receiving SNAP benefits alone.
The SNAP helps low-income families make healthy food choices and put more nutritiousfood on the table.
Dietary patterns among the general public, as well as those among low-income people, indicatean excessive consumption of calories, unhealthy fats and sugars, while fruit, vegetable and whole
“A successful redemption program probably meansthat we are successfully servicing the needs of ourcommunity. By being able to meet our customers’needs during a particular time in their lives, we areoften able to establish a relationship that outlives thetime a person is eligible for SNAPs. In that case webenefit from that customer both now and in thefuture. SNAP redemption is a way to get your bestcustomer in the front door and to establish a long-term relationship with that customer.”
George MaticsPurchasing DirectorCardenas Markets, Inc.Ontario, California
“By providing this informationto our staff, we feel that we arehelping our employees learnabout benefits they deserve.We hope these benefits will bemeaningful for them and theirfamilies.”
Alicia M. CuervoHuman Resources ManagerMercy HospitalMiami, Florida