Rural Challenges: Hunger and the SNAP Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s first line of defense against hunger, is critically important for This article contains a map that shows SNAP payments are generally higher for states with in higher lrural populations. 

SNAP infuses capital into the local economy by generating $1.79 for every SNAP dollar spent. 

Map. Percent of Rural Households Participating SNAP (by county), 2012-2016

Note: It appears from the map that SNAP payments generally correspond to counties with a historically higher percentage of people of color. Also, the map does not reflect households receiving state food assistance.