Measuring the Effect of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation on Food Security (Executive Summary)

Publisher: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
Aug 30, 2013
James Mabli, Jim Ohls, Lisa Dragoset, Laura Canstner, and Betsy Santos

The main objectives of the study were to:

  • Assess how household food security and food expenditures vary with SNAP participation
  • Examine how the relationships between SNAP and food security and between SNAP and food expenditures vary by key household characteristics and circumstances
  • Examine in more depth what factors may distinguish between food secure and food insecure SNAP households with children 


This report contains the research findings for the first and second objectives. The third objective was based on a qualitative component of the study and was addressed in a separate report.