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Analysis: Residents receiving food stamps in September down 1.1% from previous month

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By Metric Media News Service | Mar 13, 2020

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About 309,126 Iowa residents were on food stamp rolls in September 2019, a decrease of 1.1 percent from 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 36,375,164 people across the United States were receiving SNAP benefits in September 2019, or 0.4 percent less than previous month.

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