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We use the Current Population Survey (CPS) to estimate the SPM for calendar years 2007 through 2009, representing a pre-recession year, a full recession year, and the year when the recession ended. Detailed simulations correct nutrition assistance and other benefits on the CPS to represent program totals and add other information required for the SPM. Family income is computed with and without nutrition assistance to show how these benefits affect poverty rates, the poverty gap and the distribution of poverty when considered separately and together. The results capture changing program participation across the time period. A final analysis examines the programs’ potential for further poverty reduction by simulating full participation and adoption of other program rules that would expand eligibility.