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SNAP Meal Gap (2022)

This dataset describes the average cost per moderately priced meal, the maximum total Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (before and after USDA's Fiscal Year 2022 Cost of Living Adjustment, or COLA), and the gap between meal cost and benefits for all US counties. It is constructed using the US Census Bureau’s 2021 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates of SNAP participation by county; Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap data, including NielsenIQ county-level food price data, adjusted for state and local taxes and US Office of Management and Budget geographic classifications; and Fiscal Year 2022 and Fiscal Year 2023 US Department of Agriculture maximum benefit allotments. The dataset was used in the feature, Does SNAP Cover the Cost of a Meal in Your County?

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Urban Institute. 2023. SNAP Meal Gap (2022). Accessible from Data originally sourced from 2021 Census Bureau SAIPE estimates, Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap data, and FY 2022/2023 USDA maximum benefit allotments, developed at the Urban Institute, and made available under the ODC-BY 1.0 Attribution License.