How well do you understand the food supplement programs offered through the USDA?? These are some valuable programs available for those in need. I am attaching a link to a great blog with helpful information! For example . . .

Is this Fact or Fiction? The majority of SNAP households do not receive cash welfare benefits.

This is FACT! Less than 10 percent of all SNAP households received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits and another 5 percent received State General Assistance (GA) benefits. About 24 percent of SNAP households received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and over 22 percent received Social Security.

Check out the USDA blog for more Fact or Fiction at http://blogs.usda.gov/2011/06/24/fact-vs-fiction-usda%E2%80%99s-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program/

Mary Anne Hughes is Executive Director, Community Food Bank of San Benito County.

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2 Responses to Fact or Fiction?

  1. Constance says:

    This sounds like good information. What does “SNAP” stand for, or how do I know what a SNAP household is?

    • Mary Anne Hughes says:

      Hello Constance,

      Sorry I so long to relpy, I’m new at this! SNAP is the new Federal term for Food Stamps. It stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. California has made things even more confusing. Our State calls it CalFresh.

      So a SNAP household is one who would or does qualify for the program. Thank you for your interest!

      Mary Anne

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