How much does Nevada receive in SNAP benefits?
In 2010, more than $414,000,000 in federal funds was directly administered to low-income Nevadans. Participation in SNAP has swollen over the last few years, in Nevada and across the country.
At its highest point in 2011, more than 329,000 Nevadans were enrolled in SNAP (nearly 46 million Americans nationwide). Because the benefits are electronically provided on a debit-type card and can only be used in approved grocery retail stores, SNAP contributes to the local economy. In fact, several studies by economic institutes and the United State Department of Agriculture estimate that for every $1 redeemed in SNAP benefits, about $1.80 is generated for the economy. This means that the SNAP program is not only a lifeline for families in need, but for struggling local economies like Southern Nevada. In 2010, SNAP generated about $750,000,000 in economic activity in Nevada.