8 Ways Food Stamps Support North Carolina

by | Aug 2, 2017 | #feedingchange | 0 comments

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (commonly known as “food stamps”) not only helps families in need, but also supports North Carolina as a whole community in many ways.

1. SNAP Supports Kids: Nearly 43% of North Carolinians enrolled in SNAP are children. Over 663,000 kids in our state get essential nutrition necessary for their physical, emotional and mental growth through this program.

2. SNAP Supports Seniors and People Living with a Disability: Nearly 20% of North Carolinians receiving SNAP are elderly or disabled. 151,000 North Carolina seniors and 154,000 non-elderly disabled people can eat better for their health because of SNAP.

3. SNAP Supports the North Carolina Economy: For every dollar of SNAP benefits spent, roughly $1.73 is added to the local economy. In Fiscal Year 2015, SNAP generated $4,072,435,656.20 in economic activity in our state.

4. SNAP Supports Jobs: A 2010 study by the USDA found that for every $1 billion of added SNAP funding, between 8,900 and 17,000 jobs were created. A 10% cut in SNAP funds would result in the loss of 3,372 North Carolina jobs.

5. SNAP Supports Retailers: More than 10% of all spending on food to be eaten at home comes from SNAP spending. In one month in 2016, SNAP funded around $174,341,866.51 of sales in North Carolina.

6. SNAP Supports Transportation Jobs: Food needs to be moved from farms to stores and SNAP dollars help support truck drivers and others who work in wholesale transportation, a vital North Carolina occupation.

7. SNAP Supports Agriculture: About 23% of SNAP spending is on protein, providing North Carolina farmers, including chicken farmers (our largest farm commodity), an important source of revenue. Nationwide, program participants spend roughly $70 billion in SNAP benefits each year, including more than $19.4 million at farmers markets.

8. SNAP Supports Ending Hunger: SNAP spending in North Carolina helped to lift 340,000 people out of poverty in 2016. SNAP reduces food insecurity and helps North Carolinians access the nutritious food they need to survive and thrive.

TAKE ACTION: Learn about how you can help advocate for SNAP here!

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