29.11.2009 18:12

From Food Stamp Program to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (links)

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29.11.2009 18:12

As of Oct. 1, 2008, SNAP is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program. It stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
http://www.frac.org/html/federal_food_programs/programs/fsp.html (see also --> other links)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
The United States Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)[1], historically and commonly known as the Food Stamp Program, is a federal-assistance program that provides assistance to low- and no-income people and families living in the U.S. Though the program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, benefits are distributed by the individual U.S. states.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
We help put healthy food on the table for over 35 million people each month.

Food Stamp
Government-issued stamps used in exchange for food.

Welcome to the Food Stamp Program
The Food Stamp Program is about good nutrition and health. It provides eligible individuals and households with benefits used to purchase food items at a grocery store, supermarket or other participating food retailer. The Food Stamp Program ensures that all recipients have an opportunity to learn more about purchasing and preparing nutritious meals.

Household Food Security in the United States, 2008

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—formerly the Food Stamp Program is a central component of American policy to alleviate hunger and poverty. The program’s main purpose is “to permit low-income households to obtain a more nutritious diet...by increasing their purchasing power” (Food and Nutrition Act of 2008). SNAP is the largest of the domestic food and nutrition assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. During fiscal year 2008, the program served 28 million people in an average month at a total annual cost of over $34 billion in benefits.

Collected by Agrarian Information Division, UAC

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