WRMA congratulates the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service for the publication of the “Extent of Trafficking in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for 2012-2014.” WRMA was pleased to support this study effort, providing research and analytics services for the publication’s findings and final report, examining the rate of trafficking in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
- The rate of trafficking was 1.5 percent of total SNAP benefits, an increase from the estimate of 1.3 percent in the 2009-2011 study;
- The total value of trafficked benefits increased to an estimated $1.1 billion annually, reflecting the overall growth in SNAP participation and benefits, and the slightly higher trafficking rate;
- About 11.8 percent of all authorized SNAP stores engaged in trafficking.
WRMA has supported the Food and Nutrition Service division of the USDA for more than 5 years, having completed multiple studies in the areas of program integrity and IT feasibility studies.