SNAP Households Survey January Results
The following insights come from a 10-minute multiple choice and open response survey conducted by Providers to a random sample of 4,184 of over 5M Providers users from January 1 - January 14, 2023. All respondents are EBT cardholders.
Food insecurity is up across all measures.
The percentage of users who reported skipping meals, eating less, visiting a food pantry, and relying on others for meals all rose from December to January.
“My mother saved the day when she went to a food bank for us last week. We literally had nothing and no money no food it was awful. But she came In with meats and bananas and tomatoes and bread and milk and literally saved my babies from going hungry.” — Providers user, Florida
Nearly 44% of Providers users reported they were running low or out of most things they needed at home, including food in January.
Shelter stays reached an all-time high and housing insecurity is rising.
The percentage of Providers users who reported spending at least one night of the previous month in a shelter rose to over 5% for the first time.
“Honestly, all I worry about is having a roof over our heads and food. I worry constantly and can't sleep well.” — Providers user, Texas
In addition, over 13% of Providers users are living in unstable housing, up 4% from December.
Providers users have less money on hand and more are looking for work.
“I have had friends lend me money so that I can fix my car. Without a working car I am unable to work. I'm the sole source of income for my family.” — Providers user, Georgia
53% of Providers users thought the money they had on hand would only last 1-2 days. This is up 4% from December.
59% of Providers also reported having only $25 on hand.
23% of Providers users said they are not working and looking for work, up 4% from December.