Who are the low-income childless adults facing the loss of SNAP in 2016?

by Steven Carlson, Dorothy Rosenbaum, and Brynne Keith-Jennings

While the research is surprisingly limited, especially since childless adults are the only demographic group subject to time limits on basic food assistance, it paints a picture of a diverse, struggling, and underserved group of poor Americans. While some experience long spells of deep poverty or chronic homelessness, many others cycle in and out of work, often in low-paying jobs that do not lift them out of poverty. The nation’s safety net offers meager assistance while they are working, and virtually none when they are out of work. SNAP benefits for this group average only about $150 to $170 per person per month, or about $5 a day.