Resource limit

An amount of countable resources below which households are eligible for SNAP. Countable resources include cash on hand and resources that can easily be converted to cash (e.g., savings/checking accounts, stocks, bonds). In fiscal year 2012, the resource limit is $2,000, or $3,250 for households with at least one adult aged 60 or older or disabled.

School Breakfast Program (SBP)

The program under which participating schools operate a nonprofit breakfast program in accordance with 7 CFR Part 220.

Standard deduction

The deduction received by all households, intended to cover emergency and unusual household expenses. It varies by household size (e.g., in fiscal year 2012, $147 for households of one to three people, $155 for households of four or more).

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

A federally funded, need-based disability program for adults and children that provides a monthly cash benefit to eligible participants.

Take-up rate

The percentage of eligible households that actually participate in SNAP.

Thrifty Food Plan

A minimal-cost model food plan that reflects currently applied nutrition standards and guidance, the nutrient content and cost of food, and the food consumption patterns of low-income Americans.



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