Millions of families in the United States continue to struggle to put food on the table. Today, 15 percent of all Americans — more than 45 million — rely on SNAP benefits.
SNAP benefits (formerly known as “food stamps”) play a crucial role in making sure that, even in tough times, kids are still getting the food they need. Three-quarters of all SNAP benefits go to families with kids and according to a recent study in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, half of all American children today will live in households that have used food stamps before they turn 20. The program is credited with decreasing the child poverty rate by a full three percentage points.
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