Chapter 7.3 examines the reasons for why clients who have applied for SNAP benefits are not currently receiving them. It also presents data on the the relationship between household structure and factors associated with not receiving SNAP benefits and how reasons differ by urban and metropolitan status.
- Overall, 48.5% of the clients who ever applied for SNAP benefits but are not receiving them say that it is because they are ineligible.
- 55.2% of households with children mentioned one or more reasons related to eligibility, compared with 53.5% of households with seniors.
- The table shows that 43.4% of clients served at programs in central cities cited factors related to ineligibility as the reason they are not currently receiving SNAP benefits among those who have applied to the program. This compares to 51.7% of clients served at programs in suburban areas and 58.4% of those served at programs in nonmetropolitan areas.
(Excerpted from Hunger in America 2010.)