The dollar value of SNAP benefits depends on the number of people in the household and how much income is left after basic living expenses are deducted. In Indiana, the average monthly SNAP benefit for each household member is just $125. That’s about $1.40 per meal.

For 40 years, SNAP has helped hundreds of thousands of people through crisis situations. Enrollment expands during a weak economic period and contracts when the economy recovers and poverty declines. SNAP provides a critical economic stimulus when the economy slows, creating activity in grocery stores, corner markets, and farmers markets and stands.

The overwhelming majority of SNAP recipients who can work do so, and the program is particularly effective in supporting work.