The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is a federal program that helps low-income people buy food. The benefits average $256 per household every month, which breaks down to only $1.40 per person per meal, and are typically delivered monthly on Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT cards, that can be used in many grocery stores.
Last year, SNAP helped feed 38 million people across the country. More than 90 percent of SNAP households have incomes at or below the federal poverty guideline of $26,200 for a family of four. Almost half of recipients are children, and 21 percent are elderly adults or people with disabilities. Research shows that even meager SNAP benefits reduce poverty and improve health outcomes.