Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program, is the nation’s largest federal nutritional assistance program. It assists single people and families with little or no income to buy food.
In North Dakota, 73% of households receiving SNAP have income below the poverty line (about $31,000 for a family of four in 2014), and 32% of households are in deep poverty, with income below 50% of the poverty line. Many households still struggle to put food on the table:
• 7.8% of households struggle to afford a nutritionally adequate diet.
• 2.4% of the labor force was unemployed in January 2015.
• 9.9% of the population lives below the poverty line.
• 12.2% of children live below the poverty line.
• 6.7% of elderly live below the poverty line.
North Dakota participant snapshot:
* almost 73% are families with children.
* almost 33% are families with elderly or disabled members.
* almost 44% are working families.
Seventy-six percent of eligible individuals participate in SNAP in North Dakota, meaning that 24% of eligible individuals do not receive benefits.
The Great Plains Food Bank has joined in the nationwide effort to assist eligible citizens to claim this valuable nutrition assistance by offering SNAP Outreach to:
• Raise awareness about SNAP benefits for eligible, non-participating individuals in need,
• Provide assistance in applying for SNAP benefits, and
• Reduce barriers to accessing food assistance programs.
How does SNAP benefit the economy?
SNAP brings federal dollars into communities in the form of benefits which are redeemed by SNAP participants at local stores. These benefits ripple throughout the economies of the community, state and nation. It is estimated that $1 in SNAP benefits generates $1.70 in economic activity. SNAP benefits added $79 million into North Dakota’s economy in 2016.
Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
SNAP helps families become financially stable and make the transition to self-sufficiency, getting them through the tough times. Half of all new participants will leave the program within nine months. In addition, SNAP helps low income people have better diets, and better eating can mean better health.
For more information, or application assistance contact a SNAP Outreach Coordinator at: 1-855-405-0000.
SNAP Outreach Coordinators
Joe Elsberry (western North Dakota)
Angelique McDonald (eastern North Dakota)