SNAP benefits and public spending can help stabilize the economy

SNAP and Medicaid help keep money in the pockets of families so it can be spent in our community.

During a slowing economy, $1 billion in SNAP benefits would lead to an increase of $1.54 in GDP, supporting 13,560 jobs, most of which are outside the agricultural industry.

During recent recessions, every 1% increase in the unemployment rate is associated with an additional 2 to 3 million SNAP participants.

Source(s):
Medicaid – Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, SNAP – U.S. Department of Agriculture.