Food insecurity in the United States reached historically high rates during the COVID-19 pandemic, thus substantially increasing demand for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). To facilitate access to SNAP during the pandemic, the federal government granted state SNAP offices the option to waive the interview requirement – an administrative burden associated with the SNAP certification process. This brief summarizes findings from a recent study that used data from SNAP offices across 10 states to examine the impact of SNAP interview waivers on SNAP caseloads from January 5th to April 30th of 2021. Findings reveal that counties that implemented the SNAP interview waiver experienced an estimated 5% increase in SNAP caseloads compared to counties that did not.
Food Insecurity, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, COVID-19
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The authors thank Alyssa Kirk and Shannon Monnat for edits to a previous version of this brief.
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Heflin, C., Fannin, W.C., Lopoo, L., and O’Keefe, S. (2024). Waiving SNAP Interviews during the COVID-19 Pandemic Increased SNAP Caseloads. Center for Policy Research. Policy Brief #9. Accessed at: https://surface.syr.edu/cpr/482
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