An estimated 3.7 million families with about 7 million children are eligible for TANF but not receiving it. SNAP, unlike TANF, enrolls most eligible children. States could reduce extreme child poverty simply by enrolling in TANF all TANF-eligible SNAP-recipient children.
States Could Reduce Extreme Child Poverty Sharply By Enrolling in TANF the Millions of TANF-Eligible Children Who Are Enrolled in SNAP but not in TANF
The Republican budget plan recently passed by the House on a party line vote would cut SNAP (Food Stamps) by $135 billion (almost 18%) over ten years and would apply to SNAP the “welfare reform” principles that were applied to cash assistance by the 1996 law that created TANF to replace AFDC. SNAP now aids 48 million low income persons in 23 million households. A contraction in SNAP like that in cash assistance could leave millions of parents and children with little or nothing for their basic needs.