It is true that most SNAP recipients do not work, but principally because two thirds are children, elderly or disabled. According to the nonpartisan Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the percentage of SNAP recipients who work has been rising steadily since 1990. Among SNAP households with children and headed by a non-elderly, non-disabled adult, the percentage of households with earnings has risen to about 60% from just under 30% in the early 1990s. “Because many workers turn to SNAP when they are between jobs, more than 80% work in the year before or after receiving SNAP,” the group said.
Grain-based foods leaders are grappling for ways to reverse negative consumption trends plaguing the industry in recent years. Maintaining appropriate accessibility to the SNAP program will be crucial if the hole the industry faces is not to deepen further.