The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest federal food assistance program, with over 40 million Americans receiving its support. This research brief examines the effect of SNAP participation on the probability of premature mortality and finds that risk of premature mortality is lower among adult who receive SNAP.

Document Type

Research Brief


SNAP, premature mortality, adults


Family, Life Course, and Society | Social Welfare




Special thanks to Lauryn Quick who assisted in writing this brief. This research was supported by the Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, the National Science Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Systems for Action. The opinions and conclusions are solely those of the authors and do not reflect those of any sponsoring agency. This research was conducted in the Kentucky Research Data Center with approval from the National Center for Health Statistics.

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