The SNAP Alumni project champions successful Americans who once received food stamps but who are now leaders in their communities in government, business, sports, education & the arts. With a temporary lift from this government program that continues to help feed millions of Americans every day, these people have persevered to accomplish great things.  

Now they make America stronger every day.  Read their stories; tell us yours.

Click here to take action. 

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MOBY
Musician

MYTH

People on SNAP just need to get a job.

FACT: 40% of households receiving SNAP benefits have at least one working person.

Senator PATTY MURRAY of Washington State

DEBI MAZAR
Actress

BILL RITTER
Former Governor of Colorado
Director of Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University

KAYLA WILLIAMS
Author/Veteran

Congresswoman BARBARA LEE of California

MYTH

There is nothing we can do to end hunger.

Text FOOD to 77177 to find out what you can do today.

REBEKAH BORUCKI
Mother-of-four, TV host, fitness & yoga instructor

HECTOR BALDERAS
New Mexico State Auditor

MYTH

People waste SNAP benefits on junk food.

FACT: Sugar & sweets account for just 2.8% of the average family's SNAP purchases.

LORRAINE LADISH
Editor in Chief of Mamiverse and author of 17 Spanish-language books

KELLY BROUGH
CEO, Denver Chamber of Commerce

MYTH

SNAP enables lazy people to live well on society’s dime.

FACT: The average benefit is only about $1.40 per meal per day.

JENNIFER TRACY
Executive Director of San Diego Hunger Coalition

OKIIMA PICKETT
Security Architect with IBM
DC Divas and Team USA,
Running Back

MYTH

SNAP creates a dependency.

FACT: On average, a new participant stays on SNAP for only 8 to 10 months.

RUTH RILEY
WNBA, Chicago Sky

LESLIE NICHOLS
Educator featured in
A Place At The Table

NIKKI JOHNSON-HUSTON
2012 Eisenhower Fellow and Tax Attorney

MYTH

People waste SNAP benefits on alcohol & cigarettes.

FACT: SNAP benefits cannot be used to purchase any non-food items.

KARINA KOGAN
Senior Vice President/General Manager, TakePart.com

SCOTT NAKAGAWA
Human Rights Advocate
Senior Partner, ChangeLab

MYTH

SNAP benefits go to undocumented immigrants.

FACT: Documented immigrants can only get food stamps if they've lived in the U.S. for at least five years.

DAWN PHIPPS
LPN, Paralegal, Hunger Survivor and Advocate

STEPHANIE EVERETT
Chief of Staff, Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance

MYTH

SNAP is a drain on taxpayers.

FACT: SNAP spending stimulates the economy.

JOANNE NEALE
Former Attorney and Landscape Design

LADONNA REDMOND
Program Associate, Institute for Agricultural and Trade Policy

MYTH

Most SNAP benefits are going to people who could be working.

FACT: Most SNAP recipients are children or elderly.

DR. TRISH HENLEY
Professor of English Literature at University of Cincinnati

TRACIE McMILLAN
2013 Knight-Wallace Fellow and author of The American Way of Eating

MYTH

SNAP doesn't encourage participants to get a job.

SNAP has strict time-limits for unemployed workers.

MYTH

SNAP is welfare.

SNAP is not welfare - it actually helps keep people off welfare.

JANINE DESGRES
Business Owner/Operator, Career Coach & Trainer

MYTH

SNAP spending is out of control.

SNAP spending has responded to the economy.

JAMIE SULLIVAN
Manager of Benefits Outreach at the Cleveland Foodbank

AMY COOK
Master's Student & Fisheries Biologist/Technician

JEANETTE LUIS
Mom of 2 | Print Producer, Advertising | Latina On a Mission Contributor

MYTH

Americans want SNAP funding to be cut.

77% OPPOSE cutting SNAP to reduce government spending.

CASSANDRA M. BELLANTONI
Actress, Freelance Writer, Whole Foods Cashier

EMILY FORSEE
Community Outreach at the Cleveland Foodbank

MYTH

SNAP has high administrative costs.

The majority of federal dollars go directly to purchasing food & services.