SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is the nation's most important anti-hunger program, with federal government spending of over $70 billion a year. In a typical month in 2017, SNAP helped more than 40 million low-income Americans afford a nutritionally adequate diet.
To promote efficiency and program integrity, SNAP has one of the most rigorous upfront eligibility determination systems of any public benefit program. Households applying for SNAP, report their income and other relevant information; a state eligibility worker interviews a household member and verifies the accuracy of the information using paper documentation from the household, by contacting a knowledgeable party, such as an employer or landlord or via automation of data matches using the most-up-to-date employment and income information available from Equifax. This system-first approach provides access to millions of current payroll records to help verify real-time income information and streamline on-the-spot eligibility while reducing costs in improper payments.
Equifax verification services also helps SNAP case workers during the reapplication of benefits process as well as in between reapplications. Our system can alert case workers when there is a change in employment, income or residency (move out of state) that may impact eligibility, helping case workers address these changes and manage their caseloads more efficiently.