In the wake of significant SNAP benefit cutbacks, which saw a reduction in food and beverage aid by $23 billion annually, Circana’s latest study unveils the consequential shifts in foodservice spending among SNAP households. These households experienced an approximate 35% decrease in their average monthly food and beverage expenditure in the months following the cutbacks. This report provides critical insights into the spending behaviors of SNAP recipients, particularly their reliance on quick service restaurants for dining out. It also explores the challenges and opportunities for foodservice operators, manufacturers, and retailers in adjusting to these changes, offering strategic directions to cater to price-sensitive consumers effectively.


  • SNAP Spending Cutbacks: SNAP households saw a drastic reduction in food and beverage spending by around 35% post-benefit cuts.
  • Quick Service Restaurant Preferences: Hamburger and pizza quick service restaurants remain popular among SNAP recipients, despite financial constraints.
  • Price Sensitivity and Dining Choices: The increasing cost of dining out could potentially shift preferences back towards in-home meals, emphasizing the need for affordable options.
  • Strategic Recommendations: Darren Seifer, Executive Director and F&B Analyst at Circana, highlights the importance of pricing and promotional strategies to address the needs of price-sensitive consumers.