Check out this short video separating fact from fiction in the ongoing debate over nutrition assistance for low-income Americans.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) “offers nutritition assistance to millions of eligible low-income Americans,” the narrator explains. “The program started in the ’70s, and teams of doctors proved that it dramatically reduced hunger in America. Ninety-five percent of federal SNAP funding goes to food.”
The video goes on to explain that 40% of households receiving SNAP benefits have at least one working person, and that it is a lifeline to those out-of-work and their families, as they look for a job. Enrollees typically receive benefits for eight to 10 months, and the average benefit equals $1.49 per meal per day. For many people, SNAP benefits do not last through the end of the month.