The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) is the Nation's largest domestic food and nutrition assistance program for low-income Americans.
ERS research focuses on SNAP's effectiveness in meeting income support and diet quality objectives. ERS analyzes:
- SNAP participants' food consumption, spending, and obesity status,
- factors such as regional and store format that influence the affordability of foods,
- the role of prices and income in food choices,
- the effects of nutrition information on food choices,
- innovative strategies for improving food choices suggested by behavioral economics,
- and evaluation of program outcomes.
Information about program eligibility requirements, benefits, and application process is available from USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, the agency that administers the program.