Center on Budget & Policy Priorities - Some 500,000 to 1 million childless adults will be cut off SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) over the course of 2016 as a three-month limit on benefits for unemployed childless adults returns in most areas of the country. This is a diverse, struggling, and under-served group. [The cutoff] was first imposed as part of the 1996 welfare law.
About 45 percent are women and close to one-third are over 40 years old. Among those who report their race, about half are white, a third are African American, and a tenth are Hispanic. About a quarter have less than a high school education, and more than half have only a high school diploma or GED. Some are veterans, and some are non-custodial parents. Less than 40 percent live in urban areas.