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FSSTMPVAL
Value of SNAP/food stamp benefits

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Description

FSSTMPVAL records the monthly value of SNAP or Food Stamp benefits received by the household. This question is comparable to the ASEC (or March) supplement (STAMPVAL). Only household that report receiving SNAP benefits are asked to report their benefit levels (see FSFDSTMP).

FSSTMPVAL is only available until 2014. For a variable available 2015+ as well as harmonized backwards in time, see FSSTMPVALC.

This variable is part of the Food Security Supplement.

Comparability

In 1995 and 1996, households are only asked about receipt of benefits in the past month. Thus, households that received benefits in the past year, but not in the past month are not to report their benefit levels. In subsequent years, households who received SNAP or food stamps at any point during the past year report the monthly value of SNAP benefits.

The top code for this variable increases several times. Before 2011, the top code is $450. In 2011 and 2012, the top code is $700. In 2013 the documentation gives a top code of $700 but the data show a top code of $666. In 2014 the documentation gives a top code of $700 but the data show a top code of $685.

Universe

  • Apr 1995 and Sep 1996: Households receiving benefits in past month.
  • 1997+: Households receiving benefits in past year.
  • Apr 2001: Households in months-in-sample 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 receiving benefits in past year.

Availability

Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1995 - - - X - - - - - - - -
1996 - - - - - - - - X - - -
1997 - - - X - - - - - - - -
1998 - - - - - - - X - - - -
1999 - - - X - - - - - - - -
2000 - - - - - - - - X - - -
2001 - - - X - - - - - - - X
2002 – 2014 - - - - - - - - - - - X

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