the relative ease of access to SNAP helped the federal government cushion the effects of the Great Recession, not just for the long-term poor but for a much broader swath of Americans as well. As the Great Recession pushed more people into poverty, they became eligible for, and received, SNAP benefits. Recipients spend their benefits quickly. Every SNAP dollar is estimated to generate $ 1.70 in economic activity. 3 Beyond providing income and food for poor households, SNAP also generates long-term positive impacts on children’s health and women’s economic self-sufficiency and has even been found to reduce criminal recidivism.
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