SNAP (formerly food stamps) should be a “hand-up,” not a “permanent lifestyle,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said recently. But SNAP, which President Trump’s budget would cut by $193 billion over the next decade, is a hand-up to millions of workers. As a recent report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) explains, millions of Americans work in jobs with low wages, inconsistent schedules, and no benefits such as paid sick leave — all of which contribute to high turnover and spells of unemployment. Many of these people get help putting food on the table through SNAP, which supplements low wages, smooths out income volatility due to changing work hours, and supports workers and their families while they’re between jobs.
This new blog post by CBPP includes an interactive map with state by state information on the number of SNAP particpants who work and the most common types of jobs for workers participating in SNAP.