SNAP Series Part 4: Myth vs. Fact

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) served an estimated 3 million Floridians in April 2018. SNAP serves as the first line of defense against hunger and provides much-needed nutritional support to the neediest and most vulnerable within our community.

Here are a few common myths about SNAP and about recipients.

Myth vs. Fact

Myth Fact
SNAP recipients don’t work The majority of SNAP recipients are not expect to work because 67% of them are children, seniors, disabled or caring for a disabled family member in their home or for a child under 6 where another household member is working1.
SNAP creates dependency SNAP was designed to encourage people to work if they are able to work. 3 out of 4 new SNAP participants leave the program within 11 months. SNAP recipients are also encouraged to work longer hours or search for better employment because for every additional dollar the recipient earns, their benefits decline by 24 to 36 cents2.
Spending on SNAP has gotten out of control SNAP spending grows when the economy worsens to help take care of people. It also decreases when it has done its job. For every $1 in SNAP benefits, $1.80 is generated in local economic activity that impacts small businesses, farmers markets and major retailers.
SNAP has high fraud and abuse SNAP has the lowest of any public benefit program at less than 3%3.

Sources:

  1. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. SNAP Helps Struggling Families Put Food on the Table. March 1, 2017. https://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/chart-book-snap-helps-struggling-families-put-food-on-the-table
  2. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Policy Basis: Introduction to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). March 24, 2016. https://www.cbpp.org/research/policy-basics-introduction-to-the-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap
  3. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Setting the Record Straight on SNAP, Part 3: Waving the “Fraud, Waste, and Abuse” Flag. September 11, 2013. https://www.cbpp.org/blog/setting-the-record-straight-on-snap-part-3-waving-the-fraud-waste-and-abuse-flag

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