Food Assistance

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) is the Nation's largest domestic food and nutrition assistance program for low-income Americans. Program benefits are targeted to those most in need. To receive benefits, households must qualify based on their income, expenses, and assets.

At the Federal level, the program is administered by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Federal regulations define eligibility requirements, benefit levels, and administrative rules which, with a few exceptions, are nationally uniform. States, through local welfare offices, are responsible for day-to-day operations of the program and determine eligibility, calculate benefits, and issue benefits to participants according to Federal rules.

Understanding the map

This map displays the percent of the population of each Pennsylvania county that participated in SNAP during 2010. Mouse over each county for a tooltip that will display a bar chart of the historical trend of the percent of population that participated in SNAP for the years: 2000, 2006, 2008, and 2010. The data are county level estimates from the Census Bureau and the USDA's Food & Nutrition Service (FSN).