Chapter 7.2 presents findings on why clients who had not applied for SNAP benefits had not done so, the relationship between household structure and factors associated with not applying for SNAP benefits, and whether these clients live in a central city or a metropolitan area.
- Overall, 40.9% of the clients who had not applied for SNAP benefits believed they were either ineligible or eligible for only a low benefit.
- 14.8% thought applying would be too much hassle.
- 15.7% felt either there was no need or that others were in greater need of the benefits.
- 5.7% associated a social stigma with SNAP benefits.
- 17.5% of households with young children cited factors associated with program operation for not applying, compared with 12.4% of households with seniors.
- 7.3% of clients served at programs in central cities thought they were ineligible because of their citizenship status, compared with 9.8% of clients at programs in suburban areas and 6.3% of clients at programs in nonmetropolitan areas.
(Excerpted from Hunger in America 2010.)