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SNAP Households Survey
February Results

Providers 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.


February 2022 key findings

The following insights come from a 10-minute multiple choice and open response survey conducted by Providers to a random sample of 5,986 of over 5M Providers users from February 1 - February 14, 2022. All respondents are EBT cardholders.





Users living in unstable housing


The percentage of Providers users living in unstable housing is 26% higher than a year ago.

Source: Random sample of Providers users

Nearly 11% of users reported living in unstable housing in February, 26% higher than a year ago.

The percentage of users living in unstable housing has been rising steadily since we began asking about it in November 2020:

How did the past month’s budget go without the Child Tax Credit?

Horribly. I'm using every resource to pay bills but have not been able to pay rent consistently

Providers user, California

Extremely tight! I had to sell belongings to make it through the end of the month. I don't know what I'll do when the snap emergency allotment and internet assistance ends. I'm a single mom of 3 on social security and they just increased my rent.

Providers user, California


Employment (Parents)


More parents are working than ever before, but many are still missing work due to illness.

Source: Random sample of Providers users


of users with children reported working full-time or part-time in February, the highest in survey history.


of employed Providers users missing work because of illness (COVID or otherwise), down only 4% from January’s spike.



Nearly a quarter of employed users missed work due to illness in January.

Source: Random sample of Providers users

32% of households and 42% of households with children under 18 have already filed 2021 taxes.

21% of these households received a refund advance. Users of color and those with children were disproportionately likely to have received an advance:

Things have been harder and harder recently as I just recovered from covid. I have no income and no money and am almost out of meat for meals right now.... My friends and family can no longer help me as I have asked too many times recently. Counting on tax refund but must wait due to PATH law.

Providers user, Michigan

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