SNAP Out of It: A Study of Low-Income Families’ Underutilization of Food Stamps

Tyrone C. Cheng, Ning Tang

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ABSTRACT: The secondary data analysis examined low-income families’ use of Food Stamps and how it related to receipt of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits and other financial help. It employed a nationally representative sample of 54,703 nonelderly adults extracted from a longitudinal data set. Results showed Food Stamps utilization to be associated positively with TANF receipt; in-kind assistance; child-support receipt; number of dependent children; and being African American, female, and disabled and associated negatively with financial support from relatives/friends, family earnings, metropolitan areas, education and occupational skill, age, and being married. The findings’ implications for policy and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-167
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Poverty
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2 Apr 2016


  • Food stamps
  • longitudinal study
  • low-income families
  • welfare receipt


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