The nation’s Farm Bill is reauthorized every five years. Title IV of the Farm Bill authorizes and funds the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), along with other food assistance and nutrition programs. SNAP provides low-income households with the resources to meet basic nutritional needs.
In Colorado during fiscal year 2011, SNAP:
- Enabled an average of 200,064 households and 453,103 persons to purchase nutritious food through regular channels of commerce.[i]
- Generated an estimated $763 million for Colorado food retailers, including grocery stores, convenience stores, farmers markets, wholesalers, and other retail food stores.[ii]
To learn more about the nutrition programs in the Farm Bill as well as the economic benefits of SNAP, view these factsheets and white papers:
If your organization, agency or company would like to sign on to the fact-sheet, please contact Maura Barnes, Policy Analyst, at (303) 228-7960.
[i] USDA Food Nutrition Service, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Average Monthly Participation (Households & Persons) (February 2012)
[ii] USDA Food Nutrition Service, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits (February 2012)