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Household Food Security and SNAP, Mark Nord, USDA

Friday, February 14, 2014, 8:45 a.m. EST

Mark Nord, a sociologist in the Food Assistance Branch at the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, discusses data that show about 47 million Americans (1 in 7) get assistance from food stamps, now called SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The 80 percent increase since 2007 reflects higher food insecurity and unemployment in the wake of the recession.

Biography: Mark Nord, sociologist, Food Assistance Branch at the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

View the archived segment Link to a non-federal Web site

PRESENTATION [PDF]

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Household Food Security and SNAP in the Wake of the 2007 - 09 Recession [PDF]
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Household Food Security and SNAP in the Wake of the 2007-09 Recession [PDF]
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Food insecurity worsened in the recession, then changed little through 2012 [PDF]
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Food insecurity was more prevalent than the national average in 10 States in 2010-12 [PDF]
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SNAP participation generally follows trends in poverty and unemployment [PDF]
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SNAP caseload grew in proportion to unemployment in recent periods of economic decline [PDF]
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The SNAP caseload leveled off in 2013 [PDF]
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Food security improved following the SNAP benefit increase mandated by Recovery Act [PDF]
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As inflation eroded SNAP value, the % of SNAP households with very low food security increased [PDF]
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More than half of SNAP recipients are children or elderly [PDF]
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83% of SNAP households had incomes below the poverty line in FY2011 [PDF]
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For more information... [PDF]
     

Source of Information:
Food Access Research Atlas
Participation in SNAP and Unemployment Insurance: How Tight Are the Strands of the Recessionary Safety Net?
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Access at the State and County Levels: Evidence from Texas SNAP Administrative Records and the American Community Survey
Effects of the Decline in the Real Value of SNAP Benefits from 2009 to 2011

News clippings:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Link to a non-federal Web site, Huffington Post
The States Where The Most People Go Hungry: 24/7 Wall St. Link to a non-federal Web site, Huffington Post and many other print and TV Broadcast outlets, 9/9
7 million U.S. households struggled to feed themselves in 2012 Link to a non-federal Web site, National Journal 9/5
Ohio ranked 3rd in the nation for "very low food security" Link to a non-federal Web site, (Cleveland Leader 9/4
Millions still struggle with hunger in U.S., USDA finds Link to a non-federal Web site, (Mcclatchy 9/4)
Farm bill stuck in Congress can feed hungry children Link to a non-federal Web site, (Seattle Times 9/6)


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: February 21, 2014