The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) has launched new interactive data tools that illustrate poverty rates and SNAP participation rates at the state and congressional district levels. Data show that 14.7% of households love below the poverty level, and 28.4% of households live at or below 185% of the poverty level. In New York, 15.4% of households participate in SNAP.
These mapping tools will enable policymakers, advocates and others to better pinpoint the extent of poverty in their communities and to understand the importance extent to which SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) is bolstering households struggling with inadequate incomes. The new maps complement previous FRAC mapping of SNAP participation in every U.S. county.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), among other child federal nutrition programs, continues to be instrumental in keeping or lifting people out of poverty, which is the root cause of hunger. According to the Census’ Supplemental Poverty Measurement, SNAP lifted 3.6 million Americans out of poverty in 2016.