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2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-year estimates are now available, including the Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files and Variance Replicate Estimate (VRE) Tables.

graphical representation of a community highlighting use of food stamps

We ask questions about a household's receipt of Food Stamps/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to create statistics about participation in food assistance programs.

Food Stamp/SNAP data are used in planning and funding government programs that provide food assistance and in evaluating other government programs.

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We use your confidential survey answers to create statistics like those in the results below and in the full tables that contain all the data—no one is able to figure out your survey answers from the statistics we produce. The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements. Individual records are not shared with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement entities. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone—not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency.

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Food Stamp/SNAP data help communities:


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