AUGUST 2021

SNAP Households Survey -
August Results

Providers (formerly Fresh EBT) is a free mobile app that helps over 5 million low-income families manage their SNAP benefits. To understand how the circumstances in the lives of Providers users are changing, we have been conducting surveys each month.

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August 2021 key findings

The following insights come from a 10-minute multiple choice and open response survey conducted by Providers to a random sample of 4,870 of over 5M Providers users from
August 1 - 14, 2021. All respondents are EBT cardholders.

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INSIGHT 01

The Child Tax Credit reduced housing, food, and financial insecurity

Source: Random sample of Providers users

The July Child Tax Credit reduced hardship

65%

of respondents with children under 18 years old received a 
payment in July 2021.

The portion of Providers users with children under 18 who received the July Child Tax Credit payment varies across different surveys, ranging from 65-79%.

They were more likely to:

  • Say they were very certain they would be able to stay in their current housing for the next 30 days.

  • Say they had everything they needed in their home

They were less likely to:

  • Have been evicted

  • Have slept in a shelter for at least one night in the past month

  • Have skipped meals in the past month

  • Have less than $25 on hand

However, Latinx respondents living with children under 18 were far less likely to report receiving the first Child Tax Credit payment, compared to white respondents. 62% of white respondents reported receiving the July payment, while only 49% of Latinx respondents said the same.

  • Latinx respondents were also more likely to say they don’t know why they didn’t receive the first payment--only 43% of white respondents said they didn’t know why, while 58% of Latinx respondents said the same.

It is the only source of income. We’re scared and worried, but keep optimism alive for our son.

Providers User

Texas

It’s helped out a little but not drastically. The pandemic has seriously affected us and the rent prices being raised has caused our family of 6 to be homeless sometimes we sleep in our car or at a hotel shelters are full

Providers User

California

 

INSIGHT 02

Rates of housing insecurity and spending at least one night in a shelter have peaked

Source: Random sample of Providers users

Rates of housing insecurity and spending at least one night in a shelter have peaked

12%

of users are living in unstable housing; the highest level we’ve recorded

4.6%

of users reported spending at least one night in a shelter in the last month; the highest level we’ve recorded

However

44%

of users paid August rent on time, an increase of almost
3 percentage points from July

I have applied for rent help but no one has gotten back to me yet and it’s been over a week my landlord still charges me late fees every day I ended up pawning my title to my car so I could pay rent for the 2 months that was due.

Providers User

Georgia

 

INSIGHT 03

Few have received rental assistance, but knowledge of the assistance has increased substantially

Source: Random sample of Providers users

Few have received rental assistance, but knowledge of the assistance has increased substantially

  • A little over 18% of respondents in need of assistance have received help with rent, up slightly from 17% last month.

  • 21.6% said they did not know they could get help with rent;

6pp since last month

Renthelpnm.org has approved my family to pay all my past due bills and rent plus 3 months future payments. Just waiting to receive the funds.

Providers User

California

 

INSIGHT 04

Every food insecurity measure decreased among all Providers users

Source: Random sample of Providers users

In August fewer users reported skipping meals, eating less, visiting a food pantry, not paying a bill, relying on others for meals or going without prescription medication:

July - August Change

Skipped meals

3pp

Eating less

4pp

Visited a food pantry

1pp

Decided not to pay a bill

5pp

Relied on family or friends for meals

3pp

Gone without prescription medicine

2pp

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