Food stamp trafficking is incredibly rare, according to Vox. Not only that, but it’s a “totally reasonable activity”:

Food stamp “fraud” (which mainly means trading food stamps for cash, a totally reasonable activity that in a just world would be 100 percent legal without any fees attached to it) is very rare, with a fraud rate of only 1 percent.

The Voxsplainers cite this article from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “SNAP Error Rates at All-Time Lows”:

USDA has cut trafficking by three-quarters over the past 15 years.  Only 1 percent of SNAP benefits are trafficked.

If food stamp trafficking is “very rare,” someone forgot to tell these people:

Look on the bright side. Here’s one sector of the U.S. economy in which entrepreneurship is still alive and well.


The initial version of this post stated that this article from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities had nothing to do with food stamp trafficking. In fact, the CBPP article does include a section on food stamp trafficking, concluding that it is very rare: “Only 1 percent of SNAP benefits are trafficked.” We have revised this post accordingly. This was a significant error, for which we apologize to Vox and our readers.


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