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Study: SNAP benefits increase household spending on food

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A new study by two Brown University economists at the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab finds that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits increase a household's overall spending on food each month and that an equivalent cash benefit would lead to much smaller increases in food spending. "For every $100 in SNAP benefits that a household receives, the household spends just over $50 more on food each month," said Jesse Shapiro, an economics professor at Brown who authored the study with his colleague, Justine Hastings. more

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