What Is SNAP?

SNAP (The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is the country’s most important federal nutrition program. It helps eligible low-income households to purchase food. People must meet certain income and resource requirements to be eligible for SNAP, and they can apply at their state office. Participants receive a debit card that enables them to buy food at participating retailers. The amount depends upon their household size, income, and other circumstances that affect their ability to afford a basic diet. Currently, over 40 million people participate in SNAP each month, and they receive on average about $125 per person per month.

Find out more at Policy Basics: Introduction to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.