The monthly benefits provided by SNAP enhance the food purchasing power of eligible low-income individuals and families. However, the greatest shortcoming of SNAP is that benefits for most households are not enough to get through the entire month without hunger or being forced to sacrifice nutrition quality.

Read FRAC analyses about the Thrifty Food Plan (which is the basis for calculating SNAP benefits), the negative impacts of SNAP benefit shortfalls on health and well-being, and key strategies to improve SNAP benefit adequacy.