JANUARY 2022

SNAP Households Survey -
January 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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January 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 4,166 of over 5M Providers users from January 1 - January 14, 2022. All respondents are EBT cardholders.

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INSIGHT 01

Every single measure of food insecurity and hardship increased in January.

Source: Random sample of Providers users

Providers users reported higher food insecurity and hardship across all measures.

In the past 30 days have you…

30% skipped meals

8pp since last month

33% decided to not pay a bill

8pp since last month

38% eaten less

19% relied on others for meals

7pp since last month

8pp since last month

21% visited a food pantry

8pp since last month

13% gone without prescription medicine

14pp since last month

I'm just worried that the extra food stamps we are receiving will stop and fall from over $450 down to the $20 we originally get. With the price going up on food and gas. I don't have enough money left out of my check for extras, such as much-needed food.

Providers user, Pennsylvania

 

INSIGHT 02

December Child Tax Credit payment again reduced housing, food, and financial insecurity.

Source: Random sample of Providers users

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

Families that received the December CTC payment were less likely to:

  • have been evicted;

  • have spent a night in a shelter;

  • not have most things they need in their homes;

  • not have visited the doctor because of cost;

  • have less than $25 on hand.

How are you planning this month’s budget knowing you will not receive a Child Tax Credit payment?

It’s been a significant burden not having that income moving forward. Being a single mom to 3 boys, starting a new job 2 months ago, I’m trying to get caught up on bills and debt and it just seems like a revolving door.

Providers user, Illinois

I really don’t know what ima do I’m trying to work but I’m always getting sick or my children due to Covid-19.

Providers user, Michigan

 

INSIGHT 03

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

Source: Random sample of Providers users

The portion of users reporting missing work due to illness spiked up in January.

23%

of employed Providers users missing work because of illness (COVID or otherwise), a 43% increase from December.

Black and Latinx users were more likely to have missed work due to illness and Black respondents were nearly twice as likely:

Respondents that missed work due to illness

 

INSIGHT 04

63% of Providers users owe money on their utilities and other bills.

Source: Random sample of Providers users

Providers users report carrying debt across a number of categories, but no more than on their utilities and other bills.

63% is the highest percentage in survey history.

Black respondents were more likely to owe on their utilities/other bills. Only 21% of Black respondents reporting owing nothing on their utilities compared to 25% of white respondents.

Respondents that owe nothing on their utilities

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