MAY 2022

SNAP Households Survey
May 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.

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May 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 4,067 of over 5M Providers users from May 1 - May 14, 2022. All respondents are EBT cardholders.

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INSIGHT 01

Users in states that have stopped distributing extra SNAP benefits have higher levels of food insecurity.

Source: Random sample of Providers users

There is a divide in food insecurity between Providers users living in states that are still issuing extra SNAP benefits and those that aren’t.

  • As of May 1, 2022, 14 states were no longer delivering emergency SNAP allotments.

  • Providers users reported higher levels of food insecurity, spending on food beyond benefits, and being low or out of most things they need.

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I can't afford to go on a special diet for my Lupus, because I get $58 in food stamps and am forced to go to the food banks to which I have no choice in what they give me.

Providers user, Idaho*

* Is no longer issuing emergency SNAP allotments

 

INSIGHT 02

Unstable housing continues to climb, reaching yet another all-time high.

Source: Random sample of Providers users

More Providers households than ever are living in unstable housing.

13%

of users reported living in unstable housing.

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45%

of these Providers households include a child.

 

INSIGHT 03

Evictions and shelter stays have also reached all-time highs.

Source: Random sample of Providers users

More Providers households than ever report being evicted or staying in a shelter in the last 30 days.

Over 6% of users reported being evicted in the past month. Eviction rates have been rising since January.

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My mother whom I pay rent to allowed my girlfriend to come stay on the property with me because she was evicted from her 3 bedroom home. We now live in a 20x20 shed.

Providers user, Texas

I'm a single mother who was evicted from her home with [my] son who is special needs it has torn us apart as I can't have my son be homeless so he is staying with his mom mom [...] my son calls me everyday asking to come home bc he doesn't understand what I'm going through it breaks my heart

Providers user, Pennsylvania

The portion of Providers users that report having stayed in a shelter in the last 30 days surpassed 5% for the first time.

 

INSIGHT 04

58% of Providers users report having less than $25 on hand.

Source: Random sample of Providers users

The percentage of users with less than $25 on hand has been rising since March.

In March–the middle of tax season–50% of users reported having less than $25 on hand. Since then the portion of users falling into this group has risen by 15%.

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Black Providers users were more likely to report having less than $25 on hand–63% compared to 56% of white users.

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