Posted Wednesday, January 11, 2012 by Team Northwoods

Recession Hasn’t Hampered SNAP's Efficiency

Throughout the recession, the role of case managers at human services agencies has been increasingly vital as more and more Americans find themselves out of work and in need of financial assistance.

A new report of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP — formerly the Food Stamp Program) underscores the struggle case managers face every day – the influx of eligible SNAP beneficiaries means serving more clients with the same or fewer resources. Highlights of the report include:

  • SNAP enrollment is at an all-time high, as poverty has increased from 12.5% in 2007 to 15.1% in 2010.
  • Caseloads have increased in every state, with some, such as Nevada, hit harder than others.
  • More than one in five workers who had been unemployed for over six months received SNAP in 2010.
  • SNAP payment error rates hit an all-time low at 3.81% in fiscal year 2010.

The Center of Budget and Policy Practices, a non-partisan research and policy institute, concludes that despite the spike in SNAP beneficiaries, the program is effective and efficient, noting that SNAP has provided timely food assistance while maintaining strong program integrity and payment accuracy in recent years.

Northwoods applauds the hard work and dedication of case managers and agencies to ensure that low-income families still have healthy meals on their tables despite their personal financial obstacles. We are proud to support the nearly 100 human services agencies using our Compass® software to provide SNAP and other benefits as efficiently as possible to those who need it the most.