In a new study from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has been shown to save rural communities by keeping jobs local and giving a boost to the local economy.

From the study: “We estimate that SNAP benefits spent by eligible households generated an annual increase in rural and urban industry output of $48.8 billion and $149.3 billion, respectively, while sustaining the employment of 279,000 rural workers and 811,000 urban workers. The expenditures of SNAP benefit outlays generated larger impacts in the rural economy when measured as shares of baseline output and employment. SNAP benefit outlays during this 2009–2014 period:
• Increased rural output and employment by 1.25 percent and 1.18 percent, respectively, compared to increases in urban output and employment of 0.53 percent and 0.50 percent, respectively.
• Increased rural household incomes by 0.68 percent and urban household incomes by 0.28 percent during this post-recession period.”

With the new study, the impact of SNAP in rural America cannot be underestimated, and while the benefits total $71 billion, the results speak for themselves.

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SOURCE: The Daily Yonder, www.ers.usda.gov