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Analysis: Residents receiving food stamps in August up 0.3% over previous month

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By Metric Media News Service | Mar 12, 2020

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About 312,501 Iowa residents were on food stamp rolls in August 2019, an increase of 0.3 percent over the previous month, according to data obtained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The USDA manages the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is the official name of the food stamp program. Public assistance offices within each state handle the actual running of the SNAP program locally.

Benefit eligibility is based on household income, and a USDA estimate of how much it costs to buy and prepare low-cost healthy meals.

The latest available data from the USDA shows that 36,510,676 people across the United States were receiving SNAP benefits in August 2019, or 0.4 percent more than previous month.

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