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SNAP program participation has declined in recent years

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

  • Participation in SNAP has declined in the past decade, from 9.4% in 2009 to 7.6% in 2018.
  • Lincoln’s rate of SNAP participation is lower than the level of households that receive SNAP benefits in Nebraska (8.4%) and nationally (11.3%).

6. Federal Poverty Guidelines are based on size of household and income. In fiscal year 2018, a four-person household with an income less than $31,980 (the equivalent of 130% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines) would be eligible for SNAP benefits. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). (2018). Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) FY 2018 Income Eligibility Standards. Retrieved from https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/snap/FY18-Income-Eligibility-Standards.pdf