Changing SNAP-Participation Trends Among Farmworker Households in the U.S., 2003–2012

Alvaro Medel-Herrero, J Paul Leigh

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We investigated Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation among citizen, documented and undocumented immigrant hired crop farmworkers for ten recent years. We analyzed population representative data from the National Agricultural Workers Survey for 2003–2012 (N = 18,243 households). Time-chart, simple mean differences, and logistic regressions described farmworker household participation in SNAP. The 2008 financial crisis almost doubled SNAP-participation by agriculture households (6.5% in 2003–2007 vs. 11.3% in 2008–2012). The increasing SNAP-participation was found for citizen, documented and undocumented immigrant households. We found low participation among documented (OR 0.67, 95% CI 0.56–0.8) and undocumented immigrants (OR 0.63, 95% CI 0.54–0.74) compared to citizens. Low odds ratios (OR 0.70, 95% CI 0.55–0.89) were found for Hispanic-citizens as compared with non-Hispanic white-citizens. Our results may help inform the debate surrounding the effects of the financial crisis on SNAP-participation and on differences in participation among citizens, immigrants, Hispanics and non-Hispanics, the latter suggesting ethnic farmworker disparities in SNAP-participation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
StateAccepted/In press - Jun 6 2017


  • Farmworkers
  • Food Stamps
  • Nutrition programs and policies
  • SNAP participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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