Support for ‘Share the Bounty’ comes from individuals, churches, non-profits and local businesses. These groups have the option of purchasing subsidized Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for their members or providing vouchers to families and individuals for a basket of fresh food. The ‘Share the Bounty’ fund also enables the Market to match EBT withdrawals of SNAP benefits up to $10.
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.
For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted as income, would have lifted 4.9 million people in the U.S–of which about 2.2 million are children–above the poverty line in 2012. In addition, SNAP is good for local economies– each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.