Posted May 08, 2018 06:15:54 Texas Food Stamp recipients may soon receive more information on their eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
In response to a request by a coalition of food providers and advocacy groups, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made public records on more than 12 million individuals who have been receiving food stamps.
The data includes an extensive set of data collected on SNAP recipients in each state.
Among the most interesting is a dataset of how many of each state’s SNAP households are “food-inefficient.”
The data show that the number of households that have a “food intake” of less than 1.5 servings per day fell from 11.2% in 2016 to 9.3% in 2017.
That means more than half of all SNAP recipients were in states where food consumption fell below that level, according to the dataset.
In addition to SNAP data, the dataset also includes information about the cost of food purchased and the amount of food an individual is receiving.
It also includes the total amount of money an individual has paid for food stamps each month, which has been shown to be the most important indicator of eligibility.
The federal government has been collecting this information for the last several years, but the release of the federal data has led to an increase in media coverage of SNAP recipients.
In recent weeks, for example, the Guardian reported that the Food & Drug Administration had recently expanded the definition of food-ineutritional deficiency (FID), which allows individuals to receive SNAP benefits if they have an intake of 1.2 servings per meal per day or less.
In order to qualify for SNAP, FID individuals must meet a number of criteria.
Among them is their annual income of less, which is a higher cutoff for eligibility.
Additionally, SNAP recipients must not be dependent on public assistance or receiving cash assistance, as well as be employed, in good health, or have stable housing.
Additionally it is not considered a condition of eligibility that they have a child who is currently receiving food assistance.
FID is the most commonly used criteria for SNAP eligibility in the United States, according the USDA.
The USDA has been keeping a database of the food-in-excess-of-the-median-income criteria for nearly two decades.
“As the data is now public, we hope the information will help people who are in need make better decisions about their food,” said Sarah Kwan, the director of the Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
The new data may be of interest to food and food service industry professionals, as it gives a better idea of how people are spending their SNAP benefits.
“The more data we have on how people spend their SNAP dollars, the better equipped we are to better understand how to make decisions about how to better serve them,” said Mark DeMarco, vice president of public policy at the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
The data has also been instrumental in getting the public interested in the SNAP program, as food advocates have been pushing the federal government to include more information about SNAP eligibility.
“This data has been critical to us in pushing for the SNAP reform that we’ve all been fighting for since the ’90s,” said Brian DeLong, executive director of SNAP Action Texas.
“Now that we have this data, it will allow us to continue to make progress in the fight for reform.”
The USDA said it plans to publish more information from the new data in the coming weeks.
The agency also plans to provide more information to the states about SNAP, as the public is likely to be more interested in these details.
The number of SNAP beneficiaries dropped from 12.2 million in 2016, to 10.6 million in 2017, according data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).