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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP):SNAP is the cornerstone of the nutrition safety net, providing over 45 million low-income participants with monthly benefits via a grocery debit card. Eligibility is based on household income and subject to work and citizenship requirements. SNAP has proven to be one of the most responsive, efficient safety net programs, with an accuracy rate of 96.19% in FY10.

The program expands quickly to meet rising need, as demonstrated in the recent recession, and provides an efficient benefit transfer that results in $1.79 in local economic activity for each additional $1 in benefits expended. 76% of SNAP households contain a child, senior, or disabled member, and 84% of all benefits go to these households.


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