Codes and Frequencies
FSSTMPVALC 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).
FSSTMPVALC is a categorical recode of the continuous FSSTMPVAL. In 2015, the continuous variable was discontinued from the public release data and a categorical variable was introduced. FSSTMPVALC recodes all previous years to the 2015 coding scheme. FSSTMPVAL will no longer be updated for new samples.
This variable is part of the Food Security Supplement.
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 (code 450). In 2011 and 2012, the top code is $700 (code 700). In 2013 the documentation gives a top code of $700 (code 700) but the data show a top code of $666 (code 670). In 2014 the documentation gives a top code of $700 but the data show a top code of $685 (code 690).
- 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.
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