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Episode 109 - Dr. Luke Shaefer: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps) and the Material Well-Being of Low-Income Families with Children

Monday, December 10, 2012, 9:02:00 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Luke Shaefer discusses the effects of the U.S.'s largest means-tested income support program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. Recent breakthroughs in research methods have allowed us to better measure these effects, and results suggest that SNAP improves food security among participant households as well as non-food material well-being.

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Average Rating: 5stars  snap benefits, Friday, February 01, 2013

By Sarah :

Dr. Schaefer in this podcast discusses SNAP benefits, previously known as Food Stamps. Before reviewing this podcast, I assumed I would already know most of what he was discussing as I am employed at a county Department of Human Services interviewing for Temporary Assistance and Food Stamps. Dr. Schaefer however instead taught me about the SNAP program. Dr. Schaefer mentions the significance of the number of individuals receiving SNAP. More people are receiving this benefit now due to the government increasing the resource limits. With the issuance of SNAP benefits, research has shown that SNAP has reduced food insecurities and decreased the probabilities of individuals having material hardships such as falling behind on their rent and bills. While the SNAP issuance may look high it is helping employed individuals and lessening the number of individuals that need full Temporary Assistance. Dr. Schaefer does mention that with some of the abuses that have happened with the increased resource limit, he imagines that the resource limit will most likely be lowered as well as the numbers should go down as the economy improves. Dr. Schaefer is able to demonstrate why it may not be so bad that so many people are receiving these benefits and offered information that actually allowed me to understand the benefits that I am issuing.

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