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Slow growth in SNAP cases mirrors possible decrease in poverty

According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (THHSC) Maverick County has seen a slow increase of people applying and receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as Food Stamps in the past 2 years.

As of November 2017, Maverick County has 17,095 people receiving SNAP benefits or a 0.4% increase, if compared to 2015 which had 16,872 people on food stamps. This increase broken down between the two years 2016 and 2017 averages out to 111 new SNAP cases per year.

The slow growth in cases can be seen as a positive sign of people getting out from under the poverty line due to many circumstances including job security, wage increases or relocations as well.

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To better understand the magnitude of the slow increase of SNAP benefits, a comparison between the years 2013 & 2014 and the years 2014 & 2015 will be done. In 2014, there were a total of 16,174 people receiving SNAP benefits if compared to 2015 which had 16,872 or a one year increase of 698 new SNAP cases or a 4.3% increase.

In 2013 there were 14,206 people receiving SNAP benefits in Maverick County. During 2014 Maverick County had 16,174 or a one year increase in SNAP cases of 1,968 totaling to a 13.8% increase from year to year.

Data from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission does show a minimal increase in SNAP recipients but nothing compared to previous years, as shown in the breakdown and analysis. This fact points to many varying factors which could include an increase in jobs, wages and ultimately an increase in self-sustainability seen in Maverick County.

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