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Continued decrease in SNAP recipients and applicants

According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (THHSC), Maverick County continues seeing a decrease of people applying and receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as Food Stamps.

During the month of March, there were 15,593 people who are dependent on SNAP benefits in Maverick County. This was a decrease of 634 fewer people on Food Stamps as compared to the month of February which had 16,234 food stamps beneficiaries.

During the month of January, there was an increase in cases with 16,460 people on food stamps reported in Maverick County.

Back at the end of 2018, Maverick County has 16,003 people dependent on the Federal Government Assistance (SNAP) program, a 6 % decrease from the previous year’s total of 17,095 people on SNAP.

To better understand the magnitude of the slow increase of SNAP benefits in the past two years, a comparison between the years 2013 & 2014 and the years 2014 & 2015 will be done. This years have had the largest amount of people dependent on Food Stamps in our community in the past decade,

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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