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Lincoln’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program participation has declined slightly in the past decade

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formerly called food stamps) provides financial assistance for food purchases to households with incomes below 130% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.6

  • The percent of households in Lincoln participating in SNAP has declined slightly in the past decade, from 9.4% in 2010 to 7.8% in 2019.
  • Lincoln’s rate of SNAP participation in 2019 is similar to the level of households that receive SNAP benefits in Nebraska (8.4%) and lower than the national participation rate (11.3%).

6. Federal Poverty Guidelines are based on size of household and income. In fiscal year 2019, a four-person household with a gross income less than $32,640 (the equivalent of 130% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines) would be eligible for SNAP benefits. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). (2019). Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) FY 2019 Income eligibility standards.