By Johnathan Hladik
Center for Rural Affairs 

SNAP spending and the rural economy


Last updated 12/1/2021 at 8:46am

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is often misunderstood as favoring urban residents over rural. Formerly known as food stamps, a new study analyzing this program shows the opposite may be true.

SNAP provides nutrition assistance payments to one in eight Americans every month. Approximately 16% of rural households use SNAP benefits, compared to 13% of metro households. In...

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