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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Access at the State and County Levels: Evidence From Texas SNAP Administrative Records and the American Community Survey

by Constance Newman and Erik Scherpf

Economic Research Report No. (ERR-156) 47 pp, September 2013

Cover image for ERR156 This report links Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) administrative records from Texas to the American Community Survey (ACS). The large sample size of the ACS enables the estimation of SNAP access rates for demographic subgroups and counties with the State and for demographic subgroups within the largest counties in Texas, helping SNAP administrators to better target outreach.

Errata:On September 26, 2016, ERS corrected the legend that describes the categories in figure 4, “SNAP access rates in Texas by Congressional district, 2008-09.” The map is unchanged but the ranges of each category have been corrected to show the right ranges of access rates.

Keywords: SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, American Community Survey, ACS, Texas, households with children, food access, SNAP participation, eligibility, food assistance programs

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Last updated: Monday, September 26, 2016

For more information contact: Constance Newman and Erik Scherpf