SNAP/Food Stamp Participation

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SNAP Caseloads Decrease in January 2014

SNAP Matters for Millions of People Across US

January 2014 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-State Analysis (pdf)

SNAP participation in January 2014 dropped to 46,542,005 persons, a decrease of 240,079 persons compared with December 2013 and a decrease of 1,230,058 persons compared with January 2013. Overall, economic improvements are expected to slow SNAP participation, but economic hardship and need for food assistance remain relatively high. About one in seven people in the U.S. received SNAP and about one in eight were unemployed or underemployed in January of 2014, according to USDA data and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 measure. A FRAC analysis using the Healthways Well-Being survey collected by Gallup showed that nearly one in four people did not have enough money to feed themselves or their family in 2012.

State Trends

In January 2014 the District of Columbia and 41 states experienced drops in SNAP participation compared with January 2013 levels.  Nine states, however, increased participation between January 2013 and January 2014, with Nevada, California, and Maryland increasing by at least 2.9 percent.

SNAP Still Misses Eligible People Experiencing Food Hardship

Despite growth in SNAP caseloads since the Great Recession, about one in five people eligible for SNAP are not served.  SNAP policies that improve program access and increase staff capacity to process applications as well as SNAP outreach can help communities, families and businesses maximize federal dollars. Ensuring that all of those who are eligible for SNAP participate in the program is crucial as high rates of unemployment, underemployment, poverty, and food hardship plague millions in the U.S.

The Effect of SNAP on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted as income, would have lifted 4.9 million people in the U.S–of which about 2.2 million are children–above the poverty line in 2012. In addition, SNAP is good for local economies– each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children who live in households that received increased SNAP benefits provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before and two years after the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.” These studies demonstrate the effectiveness of SNAP as a mechanism to reduce poverty as well as improving the health and well-being of families and children across the U.S.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2012 for more information.

SNAP Caseloads Decrease in December 2013

SNAP Matters for Millions of People Across U.S.

December 2013 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-State Analysis (pdf)

SNAP participation in December 2013 dropped to 46,782,047 persons, a decrease of 253,597 persons compared with November 2013 and a decrease of 1,010,009 persons compared with December 2012. Overall, economic improvements are expected to slow SNAP participation, but economic hardship and need for food assistance remain relatively high. About one in seven people in the U.S. received SNAP and/or were unemployed or underemployed in December of 2013, according to USDA data and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 measure. A FRAC analysis using the Healthways Well-Being survey collected by Gallup showed that nearly one in four people did not have enough money to feed themselves or their family in 2012.

State Trends

In December 2013 the District of Columbia and 39 states experienced drops in SNAP participation compared with November 2012 levels. Eleven states, however, increased participation between December 2012 and December 2013, with Maryland, California, and Hawaii increasing by at least 3.5 percent.

SNAP Still Misses Eligible People Experiencing Food Hardship

Despite growth in SNAP caseloads since the Great Recession, about one in five people eligible for SNAP are not served. SNAP policies that improve program access and increase staff capacity to process applications as well as SNAP outreach can help communities, families and businesses maximize federal dollars. Ensuring that all of those who are eligible for SNAP participate in the program is crucial as high rates of unemployment, underemployment, poverty, and food hardship plague millions in the U.S.

The Effect of SNAP on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted as income, would have lifted 4.9 million people in the U.S–of which about 2.2 million are children–above the poverty line in 2012. In addition, SNAP is good for local economies– each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity. A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children who live in households that received increased SNAP benefits provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before and two years after the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.” These studies demonstrate the effectiveness of SNAP as a mechanism to reduce poverty as well as improving the health and well-being of families and children across the U.S.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2012 for more information.


SNAP Caseloads Decrease in November 2013

SNAP Matters for Millions of People Across US

November 2013 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP participation in November 2013 dropped to 47,033,135 persons, a decrease of 379,910 persons compared with October 2013 and a decrease of 648,937 persons compared with November 2012. Overall, economic improvements are expected to slow SNAP participation, but economic hardship and need for food assistance remain relatively high. About one in seven people in the U.S. received SNAP and/or were unemployed or underemployed in November of 2013, according to USDA data and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 measure. A FRAC analysis using the Healthways Well-Being survey collected by Gallup showed that nearly one in four people did not have enough money to feed themselves or their family in 2012.

State Trends

In November 2013 the District of Columbia and 37 states experienced drops in SNAP participation compared with November 2012 levels. Of the 13 states with participation increases between November 2012 and November 2013, three had increases of 3 percent or more (Maryland, California, and Hawaii).

SNAP Still Misses Eligible People Experiencing Food Hardship

Despite growth in SNAP caseloads since the Great Recession, about one in five people eligible for SNAP are not served. SNAP policies that improve program access and increase staff capacity to process applications as well as SNAP outreach can help communities, families and businesses maximize federal dollars. Ensuring that all of those who are eligible for SNAP participate in the program is crucial as high rates of unemployment, underemployment, poverty, and food hardship plague millions in the U.S.

The Effect of SNAP on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted as income, would have lifted 4.9 million people in the U.S–of which about 2.2 million are children–above the poverty line in 2012. In addition, SNAP is good for local economies– each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children who live in households that received increased SNAP benefits provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before and two years after the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.” These studies demonstrate the effectiveness of SNAP as a mechanism to reduce poverty as well as improving the health and well-being of families and children across the U.S.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2012 for more information.



October 2013 SNAP Caseloads Up Over Month But Down Over the Year

October 2013 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national person-level participation increased by 110,228 between September and October of 2013 for a total of 47,415,895 participants. Participation, however, decreased by 135,934 from October 2012 to October 2013.

About one in seven people in the U.S. received SNAP and/or were unemployed or underemployed in October of 2013, according to USDA data and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 measure. It is not a coincidence that these numbers are similar; both SNAP participation and the U-6 reflect economic hardship and employment inadequacy. That is, unemployment and underemployment in most states as well as efforts to enroll more eligible people in SNAP will increase SNAP participation.

State Trends

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia experienced SNAP caseload increases between October 2012 and October 2013. The three states with the highest SNAP person-level increases were Maryland, Connecticut, and Hawaii, all of which increased by over four and a half percent.

SNAP Still Misses Eligible People Experiencing Food Hardship

Despite recent growth in SNAP caseloads, participation gaps remain: more than one in five people eligible for SNAP are not served. SNAP policies that improve program access and increase staff capacity to process applications as well as SNAP outreach can help communities, families and businesses maximize federal recovery dollars. Ensuring that all of those who are eligible for SNAP participate in the program is crucial as high rates of unemployment, underemployment, poverty, and food hardship plague millions in the U.S. A recent FRAC analysis using the Healthways Well-Being survey collected by Gallup showed that nearly one in four people did not have enough money to feed themselves or their family in 2012.

The Effect of SNAP on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted as income, would have lifted 4.0 million people in the U.S–of which about 1.8 million are children–above the poverty line in 2012. In addition, SNAP is good for local economies– each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children who live in households that received increased SNAP benefits provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before and two years after the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.” These studies demonstrate the effectiveness of SNAP as a mechanism to reduce poverty as well as improving the health and well-being of families and children across the U.S.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2012 for more information.



SNAP Caseloads Decrease from August to September 2013

Economy and Other Factors in Play

September 2013 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP participation in September 2013 dropped to 47,305,667 persons, a decrease of 359,389 compared with August 2013 and a decrease of 404,616 compared with September 2012.  Overall, economic improvements are expected to slow SNAP participation and likely affected trends, but economic hardship remains relatively high and much of the recent SNAP caseload declines are explained by state-specific factors. About one in seven people in the U.S. received SNAP, about the same ratio of workers who were unemployed or underemployed in September of 2013, according to FRAC analysis of USDA data and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 measure.

State Trends

North Carolina, where glitches with a new computer eligibility system have led to widespread reports of benefit terminations and lengthy processing delays, accounted for large shares of the over-the-month and over-the-year participation declines.  Louisiana, which operated Disaster SNAP for victims of Hurricane Isaac in September 2012 and of Hurricane Gustav in September 2008, accounted for much of the over-the-year and over-the five year drops.

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia experience SNAP caseload increases between September 2012 and September 2013. The three states with the highest SNAP person-level increases were Maryland, Wyoming, and Connecticut, all of which increased by over five percent.

SNAP Still Misses Eligible People Experiencing Food Hardship

SNAP participation gaps remain. One in four people eligible for SNAP are not served. SNAP policies that improve program access and increase staff capacity to process applications as well as SNAP outreach can help communities, families and businesses maximize federal recovery dollars. Ensuring that all of those who are eligible for SNAP participate in the program is crucial as high rates of unemployment, underemployment, poverty, and food hardship plague millions in the U.S. A recent FRAC analysis using the Healthways Well-Being survey collected by Gallup showed that nearly one in four people did not have enough money to feed themselves or their family in 2012.

The Effect of SNAP on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted as income, would have lifted 4.0 million people in the U.S–of which about 1.8 million are children–above the poverty line in 2012. In addition, SNAP is good for local economies– each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children who live in households that received increased SNAP benefits provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before and two years after the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.” These studies demonstrate the effectiveness of SNAP as a mechanism to reduce poverty as well as improving the health and well-being of families and children across the U.S.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2012 for more information.


SNAP Caseloads Slightly Increase from July to August 2013

Caseloads Reflect Economic Need

August 2013 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national person-level participation increased by 27,061 between July and August of 2013 for a total of 47,665,069 participants. Participation also increased by 562,304 from August 2013 to August 2013. The observed increase in yearly participation numbers demonstrates that SNAP continues to be an important nutritional safety net for people all over the country, especially as unemployment and underemployment rates remain high. About one in seven people in the U.S. received SNAP and/or were unemployed or underemployed in August of 2013, according to USDA data and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 measure. It is not a coincidence that these numbers are similar; both SNAP participation and the U-6 reflect economic hardship and employment inadequacy. That is, unemployment and underemployment in most states as well as efforts to enroll more eligible people in SNAP will increase SNAP participation.

State Trends

Increased SNAP caseloads between August 2012 and August 2013 occurred in 35 states and the District of Columbia. The three states with the highest SNAP person-level increases were Wyoming, Maryland and Hawaii, all of which increased by over five percent.

SNAP Still Misses Eligible People Experiencing Food Hardship

Despite recent growth in SNAP caseloads, participation gaps remain: One in four people eligible for SNAP are not served. SNAP policies that improve program access and increase staff capacity to process applications as well as SNAP outreach can help communities, families and businesses maximize federal recovery dollars. Ensuring that all of those who are eligible for SNAP participate in the program is crucial as high rates of unemployment, underemployment, poverty, and food hardship plague millions in the U.S. A recent FRAC analysis (pdf) using the Healthways Well-Being survey collected by Gallup showed that nearly one in four people did not have enough money to feed themselves or their family in 2012.

The Effect of SNAP on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted as income, would have lifted 4.0 million people in the U.S–of which about 1.8 million are children–above the poverty line in 2012. In addition, SNAP is good for local economies– each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children who live in households that received increased SNAP benefits provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before and two years after the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.” These studies demonstrate the effectiveness of SNAP as a mechanism to reduce poverty as well as improving the health and well-being of families and children across the U.S.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2012 for more information.


SNAP Caseloads Slightly Dip in July 2013

Caseloads Reflect Economic Need

July 2013 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national person-level participation decreased by 122,840 between June and July of 2013 for a total of 47,637,407 participants. Participation, however, increased by 955,574 from July 2012 to July 2013. The observed increase in yearly participation numbers demonstrates that SNAP continues to be an important nutritional safety net for people all over the country, especially as unemployment and underemployment rates remain high. About one in seven people in the U.S. received SNAP and/or were unemployed or underemployed in July of 2013, according to USDA data and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 measure. It is not a coincidence that these numbers are similar; both SNAP participation and the U-6 reflect economic hardship and employment inadequacy. That is, unemployment and underemployment in most states as well as efforts to enroll more eligible people in SNAP will increase SNAP participation.

State Trends

Increased SNAP caseloads between July 2012 and July 2013 occurred in 38 states and the District of Columbia. The three states with the highest SNAP person-level increases were Wyoming, Maryland and Ohio, all of which increased by over eight percent.

SNAP Still Misses Eligible People Experiencing Food Hardship

Despite recent growth in SNAP caseloads, participation gaps remain: One in four people eligible for SNAP is not served. SNAP policies that improve program access and increase staff capacity to process applications as well as SNAP outreach can help communities, families and businesses maximize federal recovery dollars. Ensuring that all of those who are eligible for SNAP participate in the program is crucial as high rates of unemployment, underemployment, poverty, and food hardship plague millions in the U.S. A recent FRAC analysis (pdf) using the Healthways Well-Being survey collected by Gallup showed that nearly one in four people did not have enough money to feed themselves or their family in 2012.

The Effect of SNAP on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted as income, would have lifted nearly 4 million people in the U.S above the poverty line in 2012. In addition, SNAP is good for local economies– each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children who live in households that received increased SNAP benefits provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before and two years after the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.” These studies demonstrate the effectiveness of SNAP as a mechanism to reduce poverty as well as improving the health and well-being of families and children across the U.S.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2012 for more information.


SNAP Caseloads Increased in June 2013

June 2013 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

Caseloads Reflect Economic Need
SNAP national person-level participation increased by 125,059 between May and June of 2013 for a total of 47,760,285 participants. Participation also increased by over 1.08 million from June 2012 to June 2013. The observed increase in both the monthly and yearly participation numbers demonstrate that SNAP continues to be an important nutritional safety net for people all over the country, especially as unemployment and underemployment rates remain high.

About one in seven people in the U.S. received SNAP and/or were unemployed or underemployed in June of 2013, according to USDA data and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 measure. It is not a coincidence that these numbers are similar; both SNAP participation and the U-6 reflect economic hardship and employment inadequacy. That is, unemployment and underemployment in most states as well as efforts to enroll more eligible people in SNAP will increase SNAP participation.

State Trends
Increased SNAP caseloads between June 2012 and June 2013 occurred in 39 states and the District of Columbia. The three states with the highest SNAP person-level increases were IL (which received disaster assistance), WY, and MD, all of which increased over eight percent.

SNAP Still Misses Eligible People Experiencing Food Hardship
Despite recent growth in SNAP caseloads, participation gaps remain: One in four people eligible for SNAP are not served. SNAP policies that improve program access and increase staff capacity to process applications as well as SNAP outreach can help communities, families and businesses maximize federal recovery dollars. Ensuring that all of those who are eligible for SNAP participate in the program is crucial as high rates of unemployment, underemployment, poverty, and food hardship plague millions in the U.S. A recent FRAC analysis using the Healthways Well-Being survey collected by Gallup showed that nearly one in four people did not have enough money to feed themselves or their family in 2012. And new data released by USDA on September 4 show persistently high rates of food insecurity across the U.S., with one in six Americans struggling with hunger in 2012.

The Effect of SNAP on Participants and Communities
For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted as income, would have lifted 3.9 million people in the U.S–of which about 1.7 million are children–above the poverty line in 2011. In addition, SNAP is good for local economies– each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children who live in households that received increased SNAP benefits provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before and two years after the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.” These studies demonstrate the effectiveness of SNAP as a mechanism to reduce poverty as well as improving the health and well-being of families and children across the U.S.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2012 for more information.


SNAP Caseloads Increased in May 2013

Caseloads Reflect Economic Need

May 2013 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national person-level participation increased by 86,720 between April and May of 2013 for a total of 47,635,297 participants. Participation also increased by over 1.13 million from May 2012 to May 2013. The observed increase in both the monthly and yearly participation numbers demonstrate that SNAP continues to be an important nutritional safety net for people all over the country, especially as unemployment and underemployment rates remain high. About one in seven people in the U.S. received SNAP and/or were unemployed or underemployed in May of 2013, according to USDA data and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 measure. It is not a coincidence that these numbers are similar; both SNAP participation and the U-6 reflect economic hardship and employment inadequacy. That is, unemployment and underemployment in most states as well as efforts to enroll more eligible people in SNAP will increase SNAP participation.

State Trends

Increased SNAP caseloads between May 2012 and May 2013 occurred in 39 states and the District of Columbia. The three states with the highest SNAP person-level increases were WY, IL, and MD, all of which increased over eight percent.

SNAP Still Misses Eligible People Experiencing Food Hardship

Despite recent growth in SNAP caseloads, participation gaps remain: One in four people eligible for SNAP are not served. SNAP policies that improve program access and increase staff capacity to process applications as well as SNAP outreach can help communities, families and businesses maximize federal recovery dollars. Ensuring that all of those who are eligible for SNAP participate in the program is crucial as high rates of unemployment, underemployment, poverty, and food hardship plague millions in the U.S. A recent FRAC analysis (pdf) using the Healthways Well-Being survey collected by Gallup showed that nearly one in four people did not have enough money to feed themselves or their family in 2012.

The Effect of SNAP on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted as income, would have lifted 3.9 million people in the U.S– of which about 1.7 million are children–above the poverty line in 2011. In addition, SNAP is good for local economies — each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children who live in households that received increased SNAP benefits provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before and two years after the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.” These studies demonstrate the effectiveness of SNAP as a mechanism to reduce poverty as well as improving the health and well-being of families and children across the U.S.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2012 for more information.


SNAP Caseloads Dip in April 2013

Caseloads Reflect Economic Need

April 2013 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in April 2013 decreased by 175,902 people over the month to 47,548,694 people, but was 1.3 million persons higher than in April 2012. The Program provided an important nutrition safety net across the country.

Overall, unemployment and underemployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people are factors in SNAP caseload trends.

More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP – that percentage (15.2 % percent) is comparable to the percentage of the American workforce affected by unemployment or underemployment (13.9 percent) in April 2013 according to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 Measure.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between April 2012 and April 2013 occurred in 39 states and the District of Columbia. The three states registering over-the-year percentage increases of eight percent or higher were MD, IL, WY.

Still Missing Eligible People at a Time of Food Hardship

Despite recent SNAP caseload growth, gaps in participation remain. One in four people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2012, nearly one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data (pdf) collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project.

SNAP Effect on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted in income, would have lifted 3.9 million Americans—1.7 million of then children–above the poverty line in 2011.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

SNAP also matters for local economies. Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2012 for more information.


SNAP Participation Increases in March 2013

Caseloads Reflect Economic Need

March 2013 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in March 2013 increased by 168,888 people over the month to 47,727,052 people, and was 1.3 million persons higher than in March 2012. The Program provided an important nutrition safety net across the country.

Overall, unemployment and underemployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people are factors in SNAP caseload trends.

More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP – that percentage (15.2 % percent) is comparable to the percentage of the American workforce affected by unemployment or underemployment (13.8 percent) in March 2013 according to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 Measure.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between March 2012 and March 2013 occurred in 44 states and the District of Columbia. The three states registering over-the-year percentage increases of eight percent or higher were IL, MD, WY.

Still Missing Eligible People at a Time of Food Hardship

Despite recent SNAP caseload growth, gaps in participation remain. One in four people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2012, nearly one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data (pdf) collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project.

SNAP Effect on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted in income, would have lifted 3.9 million Americans—1.7 million of then children–above the poverty line in 2011.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

SNAP also matters for local economies. Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2012 for more information.


SNAP Participation Continues Decline in February 2013

Caseloads Reflect Economic Need

February 2013 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in February 2013 decreased by 213,962 people over the month to 47,558,101 people, and was 1.2 million persons higher than in February 2012. The Program provided an important nutrition safety net across the country.

Overall, unemployment and underemployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people are factors in SNAP caseload trends.

More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP – that percentage (15.2% percent) is comparable to the percentage of the American workforce affected by unemployment or underemployment (14.3 percent) in February 2013 according to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 Measure.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between February 2012 and February 2013 occurred in 41 states and the District of Columbia. The three states registering over-the-year percentage increases of eight percent or higher were IL, WY, LA.

Still Missing Eligible People at a Time of Food Hardship

Despite recent SNAP caseload growth, gaps in participation remain. One in four people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2012, nearly one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data (pdf) collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project.

SNAP Effect on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted in income, would have lifted 3.9 million Americans—1.7 million of then children–above the poverty line in 2011.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

SNAP also matters for local economies. Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2012 for more information.


SNAP Participation Takes Small Drop in January 2013

Caseloads Reflect Continued Economic Need

January 2013 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in January 2013 decreased by 19,948 people over the month to 47,772,108 people, and was 1.3 million persons higher than in January 2012. The Program provided an important nutrition safety net across the country.

Overall, unemployment and underemployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people continue to contribute to SNAP caseload.

More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP – that percentage (15.2% percent) is comparable to the percentage of the American workforce affected by unemployment or underemployment (14.4 percent) in January 2013 according to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 Measure.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between January 2012 and January 2013 occurred in 40 states and the District of Columbia. The six states registering over-the-year percentage increases of eight percent or higher were IL, WY, HI, FL, NJ, LA.

Still Missing Eligible People at a Time of Food Hardship

Despite recent SNAP caseload growth, gaps in participation remain. One in four people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2012, nearly one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data (pdf)  collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project.

SNAP Effect on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted in income, would have lifted 3.9 million Americans—1.7 million of then children–above the poverty line in 2011.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf)  documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

SNAP also matters for local economies. Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2012 for more information.


SNAP Participation Increases in December 2012

Fluctuations Reflect Economic Need as Well as Disaster Aid

December 2012 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in December 2012 increased by 109,924 people over the month to 47,791,996 people, and was nearly 1.3 million persons higher than in December 2011. The Program provided an important nutrition safety net across the country.

Overall, unemployment and underemployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people continue to contribute to SNAP caseload growth in recent years. In addition, SNAP also provided temporary benefits to many disaster victims in the wake of storms in late 2012.

More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP – that percentage (15.2% percent) is comparable to the percentage of the American workforce affected by unemployment or underemployment (14.4 percent) in December 2012 according to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 Measure.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between December 2011 and December 2012 occurred in 40 states and the District of Columbia. The six states registering over-the-year percentage increases of eight percent or higher were NJ, WY, IL, HI, LA, and FL.

Still Missing Eligible People at a Time of Food Hardship

Despite recent SNAP caseload growth, gaps in participation remain. One in four people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2012, nearly one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data (pdf) collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project.

SNAP Effect on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted in income, would have lifted 3.9 million Americans—1.7 million of then children–above the poverty line in 2011.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

SNAP also matters for local economies. Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2011 for more information.


SNAP Participation Increases in November 2012

Jump Reflects Disaster Benefits for Hurricane Sandy Victims

November 2012 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in November 2012 increased by 141,067 people over the month to 47,692,896 people, and was more than 1.4 million persons higher than in November 2011. The over-the-month increase reflects the provision of temporary Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) benefits to some of those in areas hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Overall, unemployment and underemployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people continue to contribute to SNAP caseload growth in recent years. More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP – that percentage (15.4 percent) is comparable to the percentage of the American workforce affected by unemployment or underemployment (14.4 percent) in November 2012 according to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 Measure.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between November 2011 and November 2012 occurred in 42 states and the District of Columbia. The six states registering over-the-year percentage increases above eight percent were WY, MT, NJ, HI, IL, and FL. States in which Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) benefits were provided were CT, LA, MD, MS, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, WV.

Still Missing Eligible People at a Time of Food Hardship

Despite recent SNAP caseload growth, gaps in participation remain. One in four people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In the first six months of 2012, nearly one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project. And many American workers are unemployed or underemployed. Indeed, the share of the US population receiving SNAP is similar to the percentage of the U.S. workforce experiencing unemployment or underemployment. Follow this link to an October 2010 to September 2011 state-by-state comparison of SNAP and unemployment/underemployment rates. In addition to responding to changes in economic need, in 2012 SNAP also has responded to temporary need driven by natural disasters.

SNAP Effect on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted in income, would have lifted 3.9 million Americans—1.7 million of then children–above the poverty line in 2011.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

SNAP also matters for local economies. Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2011 for more information.


SNAP Participation Drops in October 2012

Over-Month-Decline Reflect End of Temporary Hurricane Isaac Relief

October 2012 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in October 2012 dropped by 184,954 people over the month to 47,525,329 people, but still was 1,289,165 persons higher than in October 2011. The over-the-month decline reflects the end of temporary Disaster SNAP benefits that had been provided to many Hurricane Isaac victims in Louisiana and Mississippi in September.

Overall, unemployment and underemployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people continue to contribute to SNAP caseload growth in recent years. More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP – that percentage (15.4 percent) is comparable to the percentage of the American workforce affected by unemployment or underemployment (14.5 percent) in October 2012 according to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 Measure.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between October 2011 and October 2012 occurred in 37 states and the District of Columbia. The ten states registering the highest over-the-year percentage increases were WY, HI, IL, FL, CA, NC, MA, MD, CO and IA.

Still Missing Eligible People at a Time of Food Hardship

Despite recent SNAP caseload growth, gaps in participation remain. One in four people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In the first six months of 2012, nearly one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project. And many American workers are unemployed or underemployed. Indeed, the share of the US population receiving SNAP is similar to the percentage of the U.S. workforce experiencing unemployment or underemployment. Follow this link to an October 2010 to September 2011 state-by-state comparison of SNAP and unemployment/underemployment rates. In addition to responding to changes in economic need, in 2012 SNAP also has responded to temporary need driven by natural disasters.

SNAP Effect on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted in income, would have lifted 3.9 million Americans—1.7 million of then children–above the poverty line in 2011.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

SNAP also matters for local economies. Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2011 for more information.


SNAP Participation Increases in September 2012 Largely Due to Hurricane Isaac, D-SNAP Efforts

Growth in Caseloads Linked to Hurricane Isaac Response

September 2012 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in September 2012 increased by 607,559 people over the month to 47,710,324 people, 1,442,074 persons higher than in September 2011. This increase includes Disaster SNAP use in Louisiana and Mississippi in response to Hurricane Isaac hitting the Gulf Coast in late August.

Still, unemployment and underemployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people continue to contribute to SNAP caseload growth in recent years. More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP – that percentage (15.5 percent) is comparable to the percentage of the American workforce affected by unemployment or underemployment (14.7) percent in September 2012 according to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 Measure.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between September 2011 and September 2012 occurred in 37 states and the District of Columbia. The five states registering the highest over-the-year percentage increases were Louisiana (61.7 percent), Mississippi (13.4 percent), Hawaii (9.9 percent), Florida (9.0 percent), and Illinois (8.0 percent).

Still Missing Eligible People at a Time of Food Hardship

Despite recent SNAP caseload growth, gaps in participation remain. Three in ten people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In the first six months of 2012, nearly one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project. And many American workers are unemployed or underemployed. Indeed, the share of the US population receiving SNAP is similar to the percentage of the U.S. workforce experiencing unemployment or underemployment. Follow this link to an October 2010 to September 2011 state-by-state comparison of SNAP and unemployment/underemployment rates.  In addition to responding to changes in economic need, in 2012 SNAP also has responded to temporary need driven by natural disasters.

SNAP Effect on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted in income, would have lifted 3.9 million Americans—1.7 million of then children–above the poverty line in 2011.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf)  documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

SNAP also matters for local economies. Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2011 for more information.


SNAP Participation Inched Up Slightly in July 2012

Caseload Growth Linked to Economic Hardship

July 2012 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in July 2012 inched up by 11,532 people over the month to 46,681,833 people, 1,336,360 persons higher than in July 2011.

Unemployment and underemployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people have contributed to SNAP caseload growth in recent years. More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP – that percentage (15.1 percent) is comparable to the percentage of the American workforce affected by unemployment or underemployment (15.0) percent in July 2012 according to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 Measure).

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between June 2011 and June 2012 occurred in 39 states and the District of Columbia. The five states registering the highest over-the-year percentage increases were Hawaii (10.0 percent), Florida (9.6 percent), Georgia (7.2 percent), Colorado (7.0 percent), and Delaware (7.0 percent).

Still Missing Eligible People at a Time of Food Hardship

Despite recent SNAP caseload growth, gaps in participation remain. Three in ten people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In the first six months of 2012, nearly one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project. And many American workers are unemployed or underemployed. Indeed, the share of the US population receiving SNAP is similar to the percentage of the U.S. workforce experiencing unemployment or underemployment. Follow this link to an October 2010 to September 2011 state-by-state comparison of SNAP and unemployment/underemployment rates. In addition to responding to changes in economic need, in 2011 SNAP also has responded to temporary need driven by natural disasters.

SNAP Effect on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits, if counted in income, would have lifted 3.9 million Americans—1.7 million of then children–above the poverty line in 2011.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

SNAP also matters for local economies. Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2011 for more information.


More than 46.6 Million Americans Participated in SNAP in June 2012

Caseload Growth Linked to Economic Hardship

June 2012 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in June 2012 rose to 46,670,373 people, an increase of 173,162 people from May 2012, and 1,486,446 people higher than in June 2011. The number of people participating in SNAP in May 2012 was approximately 29.8 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the prior decade (16.9 million individuals).

Unemployment and underemployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people have contributed to SNAP caseload growth in recent years. More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP – that percentage (15.1 percent) is comparable to the percentage of the American workforce affected by unemployment or underemployment (14.9) percent according to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 Measure).

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between June 2011 and June 2012 occurred in 40 states and the District of Columbia. The states registering the highest over-the-year percentage increases were Hawaii (10.6 percent), Florida (9.7 percent), New Jersey (7.6 percent), Delaware (7.5 percent), California (7.3 percent), Iowa (6.9 percent), Georgia (6.5 percent), Colorado (6.4 percent), Rhode Island (6.4 percent), and Oregon (6.0 percent).

Still Missing Eligible People at a Time of Food Hardship

Despite recent SNAP caseload growth, gaps in participation remain. Three in ten people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In the first six months of 2012, nearly one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project. And many American workers are unemployed or underemployed. Indeed, the share of the US population receiving SNAP is similar to the percentage of the U.S. workforce experiencing unemployment or underemployment. Follow this link to an October 2010 to September 2011 state-by-state comparison of SNAP and unemployment/underemployment rates. In addition to responding to changes in economic need, in 2011 SNAP also has responded to temporary need driven by natural disasters.

SNAP Effect on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits lift people out of poverty. According to an FNS report, the five states where SNAP made the largest percentage point difference in lifting households above 101 percent of the poverty level were New York (33.5), Vermont (26), Rhode Island (25.1), Massachusetts (23), and Alaska (19.4). Follow this link to a FRAC state-by-state analysis of the SNAP effect on poverty.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

SNAP also matters for local economies. Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2011 for more information.


Nearly 46.5 Million Americans Participated in SNAP in May 2012

Caseload Growth Linked to Economic Hardship

May 2012 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in May 2012 rose to 46,496,788 people, an increase of 222,157 people from April 2012, and 1,086,103 people higher than in May 2011. The number of people participating in SNAP in May 2012 was nearly 29.6 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the prior decade (16.9 million individuals).

Unemployment and underemployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people have contributed to SNAP caseload growth in recent years. More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP –that percentage (15.1%) is comparable to the percentage of the American workforce affected by unemployment or underemployment (14.8 percent according to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 Measure).

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between May 2011 and May 2012 occurred in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Hawaii registered a 10.9 percent increase. At the other end, Alabama’s participation was down by 36.1 percent compared with May 2011, when temporary Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) benefits were provided to many Alabama residents hard hit by devastating storms.

Still Missing Eligible People at a Time of Food Hardship

Despite recent SNAP caseload growth, gaps in participation remain. Three in ten people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2011, nearly one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project. And many American workers are unemployed or underemployed. Indeed, the share of the US population receiving SNAP is similar to the percentage of the U.S. workforce experiencing unemployment or underemployment. Follow this link to an October 2010 to September 2011 state-by-state comparison of SNAP and unemployment/underemployment rates. In addition to responding to changes in economic need, in 2011 SNAP also has responded to temporary need driven by natural disasters.

SNAP Effect on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits lift people out of poverty. According to an FNS report, the five states where SNAP made the largest percentage point difference in lifting households above 101 percent of the poverty level were New York (33.5), Vermont (26), Rhode Island (25.1), Massachusetts (23), and Alaska (19.4). Follow this link to a FRAC state-by-state analysis of the SNAP effect on poverty.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”
SNAP also matters for local economies. Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2011 for more information.


Nearly 46.2 Million Americans Participated in SNAP in April 2012

April 2012 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in April 2012 dropped to 46,187,429 people, a decrease of 217,795 people from the SNAP participation levels of March 2012.  Over the prior month only 13 states registered caseload increases, but, compared with the prior April, 41 states and the District of Columbia had SNAP caseload increases.

Unemployment and underemployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people have contributed to SNAP caseload growth in recent years. More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP –that percentage (15.0%) is comparable to the percentage of the American workforce affected by unemployment or underemployment (14.5 percent according to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 Measure).

SNAP caseload levels in April 2012 were more than 1.5 million people higher compared with April 2011. The number of people participating in SNAP in April 2012 was nearly 29.3 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the prior decade (16.9 million individuals). On the federal level the program was renamed SNAP pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between April 2011 and April 2012 occurred in 41 states and the District of Columbia. Only Hawaii registered a double digit over-the-year percentage caseload increase with a 10.9% increase.

Still Missing Eligible People at a Time of Food Hardship

Nonetheless, gaps in participation remain. Three in ten people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2011, nearly one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project. And many American workers are unemployed or underemployed. Indeed, the share of the US population receiving SNAP is similar to the percentage of the U.S. workforce experiencing unemployment or underemployment. Follow this link to an October 2010 to September 2011 state-by-state comparison of SNAP and unemployment/underemployment rates. In addition to responding to changes in economic need, in 2011 SNAP also has responded to temporary need driven by natural disasters.

SNAP Effect on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits lift people out of poverty. According to an FNS report, the five states where SNAP made the largest percentage point difference in lifting households above 101 percent of the poverty level were New York (33.5), Vermont (26), Rhode Island (25.1), Massachusetts (23), and Alaska (19.4). Follow this link to a FRAC state-by-state analysis of the SNAP effect on poverty.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

SNAP also matters for local economies. Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2011 for more information.


More than 46.4 Million Americans Participated in SNAP in March 2012

March 2012 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in March 2012 Increased to 46,405,204 people, up by 79,917 people from the SNAP participation levels of February 2011. D-SNAP benefits were available in March 2012 for some residents in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky, contributing to the one month increase in participation. 33 states registered over-the-month caseload increases and all but six states registered increases over the prior March levels.

Unemployment and underemployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people have contributed to SNAP caseload growth in recent years. More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP –that percentage (15.0%) is comparable to the percentage of the American workforce affected by unemployment or underemployment (14.5 percent according to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 Measure).

SNAP caseload levels in March 2012 were more than 1.8 million people higher compared with March 2011. The number of people participating in SNAP in March 2012 was over 29.5 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the prior decade (16.9 million individuals). On the federal level the program was renamed SNAP pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between March 2011 and March 2012 occurred in 44 states and the District of Columbia. The three states that registered double digit over-the-year percentage caseload increases were: Hawaii (10.9%); Delaware (10.6%); and New Jersey (10.2%).

Still Missing Eligible People at a Time of Food Hardship

Nonetheless, gaps in participation remain. Three in ten people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2011, nearly one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project. And many American workers are unemployed or underemployed. Indeed, the share of the US population receiving SNAP is similar to the percentage of the U.S. workforce experiencing unemployment or underemployment. Follow this link to an October 2010 to September 2011 state-by-state comparison of SNAP and unemployment/underemployment rates. In addition to responding to changes in economic need, in 2011 SNAP also has responded to temporary need driven by natural disasters.

SNAP Effect on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits lift people out of poverty. According to an FNS report, the five states where SNAP made the largest percentage point difference in lifting households above 101 percent of the poverty level were New York (33.5), Vermont (26), Rhode Island (25.1), Massachusetts (23), and Alaska (19.4). Follow this link to a FRAC state-by-state analysis of the SNAP effect on poverty.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

SNAP also matters for local economies. Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2011 for more information.


More than 46.3 Million Americans Participated in SNAP in February 2012

February 2012 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in February 2012 dipped to 46,326,352 people, down by 123,385 people from the SNAP participation levels of January 2011. 22 states registered over-the-month caseload increases and all but four states registered increases over the prior February levels.

Unemployment and underemployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people have contributed to SNAP caseload growth in recent years. More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP –that percentage (15.0%) is comparable to the percentage of the American workforce affected by unemployment or underemployment (14.9 percent according to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 Measure).

SNAP caseload levels in February 2012 were more than 2.1 million people higher compared with February 2011. The number of people participating in SNAP in February 2012 was over 29.4 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the prior decade (16.9 million individuals). On the federal level the program was renamed SNAP pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between February 2011 and February 2012 occurred in 46 states and the District of Columbia. The four states that registered double digit over-the-year percentage caseload increases were: Delaware (11.7%); Iowa (10.8%); Colorado (10.1%); and Hawaii (10.8%).

Still Missing Eligible People at a Time of Food Hardship

Nonetheless, gaps in participation remain. Three in ten people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2011, nearly one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project. And many American workers are unemployed or underemployed. Indeed, the share of the US population receiving SNAP is similar to the percentage of the U.S. workforce experiencing unemployment or underemployment. Follow this link to an October 2010 to September 2011 state-by-state comparison of SNAP and unemployment/underemployment rates. In addition to responding to changes in economic need, in 2011 SNAP also has responded to temporary need driven by natural disasters.

SNAP Effect on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits lift people out of poverty. According to an FNS report, the five states where SNAP made the largest percentage point difference in lifting households above 101 percent of the poverty level were New York (33.5), Vermont (26), Rhode Island (25.1), Massachusetts (23), and Alaska (19.4). Follow this link to a FRAC state-by-state analysis of the SNAP effect on poverty.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

SNAP also matters for local economies. Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2011 for more information.



Nearly 46.5 Million Americans Participated in SNAP in January 2012

Slight Dip Overall Leaves Caseloads Just Shy of National Record
Program Responds to Unemployment and Underemployment

January 2012 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in January 2012 dipped to 46,449,850 people, down by 64,307 people from the record SNAP participation levels of December 2011. 28 states registered over-the-month caseload increases and all but four states registered increases over the prior January levels.

Unemployment and underemployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people have contributed to SNAP caseload growth in recent years. More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP –that percentage (15.0%) is comparable to the percentage of the American workforce affected by unemployment or underemployment (15.1 % according to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics U-6 Measure).

SNAP caseload levels in January 2012 were more than 2.2 million people higher compared with January 2011. The number of people participating in SNAP in January 2012 was nearly 29.6 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the prior decade (16.9 million individuals). On the federal level the program was renamed SNAP pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between January 2011 and January 2012 occurred in 46 states and the District of Columbia. The six states that registered double digit over-the-year percentage caseload increases were: Delaware (12.4%); Iowa (11.7%); Colorado (10.9%); Rhode Island (10.8); Hawaii (10.6%); and New Jersey (10.4%).

Still Missing Eligible People at a Time of Food Hardship

Nonetheless, gaps in participation remain. Three in ten people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2011, nearly one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project. And many American workers are unemployed or underemployed. Indeed, the share of the US population receiving SNAP is similar to the percentage of the U.S. workforce experiencing unemployment or underemployment. Follow this link to an October 2010 to September 2011 state-by-state comparison of SNAP and unemployment/underemployment rates.  In addition to responding to changes in economic need, in 2011 SNAP also has responded to temporary need driven by natural disasters.

SNAP Effect on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits lift people out of poverty. According to an FNS report, the five states where SNAP made the largest percentage point difference in lifting households above 101 percent of the poverty level were New York (33.5), Vermont (26), Rhode Island (25.1), Massachusetts (23), and Alaska (19.4). Follow this link to a FRAC state-by-state analysis of the SNAP effect on poverty.

A Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf)  documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

SNAP also matters for local economies. Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2011 for more information.


More Than 46.5 Million Americans Participated in SNAP in December 2011

Record Participation Continues

December 2011 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in December 2011 rose to a record 46,514,238 people, an over-the month increase of 227,922 people but an increase of 2.4 million people compared with December 2010. More than one in seven Americans receives SNAP.

The number of people participating in SNAP in December 2011 was nearly 29.6 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the prior decade (16.9 million individuals). On the federal level the program was renamed SNAP pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.

Unemployment and undermployment in most states and efforts to enroll more eligible needy people contributed to caseload growth.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between December 2010 and December 2011 occurred in 45 states and the District of Columbia. The ten states that registered the largest over-the-year percentage caseload increases were: Iowa (13.7%); Delaware (12.2%); New Jersey (11.7%); Alaska (11.6%); Colorado (10.7%); Hawaii (10.7%); Minnesota (10.5%); Rhode Island (9.9%); California (9.4%); Connecticut (9.0%).

Still Missing Eligible People at a Time of Food Hardship

Nonetheless, gaps in participation remain. Three in ten people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2011, nearly one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project. And many American workers are unemployed or underemployed. Indeed, the share of the US population receiving SNAP is similar to the percentage of the U.S. workforce experiencing unemployment or underemployment. Follow this link to an October 2010 to September 2011 state-by-state comparison of SNAP and unemployment/underemployment rates. In addition to responding to changes in economic need, in 2011 SNAP also has responded to temporary need driven by natural disasters.

SNAP Effect on Participants and Communities

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits lift people out of poverty. According to an FNS report, the five states where SNAP made the largest percentage point difference in lifting households above 101 percent of the poverty level were New York (33.5), Vermont (26), Rhode Island (25.1), Massachusetts (23), and Alaska (19.4). Follow this link to a FRAC state-by-state analysis of the SNAP effect on poverty.

A recent Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

SNAP also matters for local economies.  Based on USDA research, it is estimated that each one dollar in federally funded SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2010 for more information.


 

Nearly 46.3 Million Americans Participated in SNAP in November 2011

Record Participation Continues

November 2011 Participation Tables — 1-Month Change, 1-Year, 5-Year Change, and State-by-state analysis (pdf)

SNAP national participation in November 2011 rose to a record 46,286,294 people, an over-the month increase of 61,519 people but an increase of 2.7 million people compared with November 2010. One in seven Americans receives SNAP.

The number of people participating in SNAP in November 2011 was nearly 29.4 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the prior decade (16.9 million individuals). On the federal level the program was renamed SNAP pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between November 2010 and November 2011 occurred in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The ten states that registered the largest over-the-year percentage caseload increases were: Delaware (14.3%); New Jersey (14.3%); Iowa (13.5%); Minnesota (12.6%); Alaska (12.0%); Hawaii (12.0%); Colorado (10.6%); Maryland (10.2%); California (10.0%); and Rhode Island (10.0%).

October 2011 and November 2011 caseload totals for Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania included SNAP benefits for disaster victims.

Participation Gaps

Nonetheless, gaps in participation remain. Three in ten people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

Economic Factors Linked to SNAP Participation

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2010, one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project. And many American workers are unemployed or underemployed. Indeed, the share of the US population receiving SNAP is similar to the percentage of the U.S. workforce experiencing unemployment or underemployment. Follow this link to an October 2010 to September 2011 state-by-state comparison of SNAP and unemployment/underemployment rates. In addition to responding to changes in economic need, in 2011 SNAP also has responded to temporary need driven by natural disasters.

SNAP Effect

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits lift people out of poverty. According to an FNS report, the five states where SNAP made the largest percentage point difference in lifting households above 101 percent of the poverty level were New York (33.5), Vermont (26), Rhode Island (25.1), Massachusetts (23), and Alaska (19.4). Follow this link to a FRAC state-by-state analysis of the SNAP effect on poverty.

A recent Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2010 for more information.


More Than 46.2 Million Americans Received SNAP/Food Stamps in October 2011

Still One in Four SNAP Eligible People Missed Benefits

October 2011 participation tables (pdf)

In part due to an end to temporary Disaster SNAP benefits in several states that had been hit by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, SNAP national participation in October 2011 dipped by 43,428 people to 46,224,722 people—but still represented an increase of more than three million people compared with October 2010. One in seven Americans receives SNAP. USDA officials also cited an improved labor market for some of the change. Nonetheless, an estimated one in four people eligible for SNAP is left unserved.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP caseloads between October 2010 and October 2011 occurred in 47 states and the District of Columbia. The ten states that registered the largest over-the-year percentage caseload increases were: New Jersey (26.9%); Minnesota (15.8%); Delaware (13.6%); Iowa (12.9%); Alaska (12.7%); Hawaii (12.6%); Maryland (12.6%); Colorado (12%); Nevada (10.7%); and Rhode Island (10.7%).

October 2011 caseload totals for Pennsylvania included SNAP benefits for victims of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Participation Gaps

Nonetheless, gaps in participation remain. Three in ten people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

The number of people participating in SNAP in October 2011 was 29.3 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the past decade (16.9 million individuals). On the federal level the program was renamed SNAP pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.

SNAP Responding to Increased Need

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2010, one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project. And many American workers are unemployed or underemployed. Indeed, the share of the US population receiving SNAP is similar to the percentage of the U.S. workforce experiencing unemployment or underemployment. Follow this link to an October 2010 to September 2011 state-by-state comparison of SNAP and unemployment/underemployment rates. In addition to responding to changes in economic need, in 2011 SNAP also has responded to temporary need driven by natural disasters.

SNAP Effect

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits lift people out of poverty. According to an FNS report, the five states where SNAP made the largest percentage point difference in lifting households above 101 percent of the poverty level were New York (33.5), Vermont (26), Rhode Island (25.1), Massachusetts (23), and Alaska (19.4). Follow this link to a FRAC state-by-state analysis of the SNAP effect on poverty.

A recent Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase. Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2010 for more information.


September 2011

Nearly 46.3 Million Americans Received SNAP/Food Stamps in September 2011

Joblessness and Disaster Relief Contribute to Record Enrollment

Enhanced SNAP Benefits Lift People Out of Poverty and Strengthen Child Health

September 2011 participation tables (pdf)

In September 2011, SNAP/Food Stamps national participation rose to a record 46,268,257 people – an increase of more than 430,434 people compared with September 2010.  One in seven Americans receives SNAP/Food Stamps.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP/Food Stamps caseloads between September 2010 and September 2011 occurred in 47 states and the District of Columbia. The ten states that registered the largest over-the-year percentage caseload increases were: New Jersey (32.9%); North Carolina (21.7%); Minnesota (15.8%); Delaware (15.6%); Hawaii (14.2%); Maryland (14.0%); Iowa (12.7%); Colorado (11.7%); Alaska (11.5%); and Rhode Island (11.3%).

September 2011 caseload totals for 11 states included SNAP benefits for victims of disasters:  Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.

Participation Gaps

Nonetheless, gaps in participation remain. Three in ten people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP/Food Stamps policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

The number of people participating in SNAP/Food Stamps in September 2011 was 28.9 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the past decade (16.9 million individuals). On the federal level the program was renamed SNAP pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.

SNAP Responding to Increased Need

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2010, one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project.  And many American workers are unemployed or underemployed.  Indeed, the share of the US population receiving SNAP is similar to the percentage of the U.S. workforce experiencing unemployment or underemployment.  Follow this link to an October 2010 to September 2011 state-by-state comparison of SNAP and unemployment/underemployment rates. In addition to responding to changes in economic need, in 2011 SNAP also has responded to temporary need driven by natural disasters.

SNAP Effect

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health.  Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits lift people out of poverty. According to an FNS report, the five states where SNAP made the largest percentage point difference in lifting households above 101 percent of the poverty level were New York (33.5), Vermont (26), Rhode Island (25.1), Massachusetts (23), and Alaska (19.4).  Follow this link to a FRAC state-by-state analysis of the SNAP effect on poverty.

A recent Children’s HealthWatch brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase.  Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2010 for more information.


August 2011

45.8 Million Americans Received SNAP/Food Stamps in August 2011

Record Enrollment Trends Reflect Economic Conditions, Outreach, and Program Improvements

Enhanced SNAP Benefits Lift People Out of Poverty and Strengthen Child Health

August 2011 Participation Tables (pdf)

In August 2011, SNAP/Food Stamps national participation rose to a record more than 45.8 million people – an increase of more than 3.4 million people compared with August 2010.  One in seven Americans receives SNAP/Food Stamps.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP/Food Stamps caseloads between August 2010 and August 2011 occurred in all regions of the country. The ten states that registered the largest over-the-year percentage caseload increases were: Delaware (16.8%); Minnesota (16.7%); New Jersey (16.3%); Maryland (15.2%); Hawaii (14.1%); North Carolina (13.2%); Washington (12.9%); Florida (12.6%); Nevada (12.4%); and Alaska (12.1%).

Participation Gaps

Nonetheless, gaps in participation remain. Three in ten people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP/Food Stamps policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

The number of people participating in SNAP/Food Stamps in August 2011 was 28.9 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the past decade (16.9 million individuals). The program was renamed SNAP pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.

SNAP Responding to Increased Need

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2010, one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to a FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project.  And many American workers are unemployed or underemployed.  Indeed, the share of the US population receiving SNAP is similar to the percentage of the U.S. workforce experiencing unemployment or underemployment.  Follow this link to a state-by-state comparison of SNAP and unemployment/underemployment rates.  In addition to responding to changes in economic need, in 2011 SNAP also has responded to temporary need driven by natural disasters.

SNAP Effect

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference on their economic well-being and health.  Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show that SNAP benefits lift people out of poverty. According to an FNS report, the five states where SNAP made the largest percentage point difference in lifting households above 101 percent of the poverty level were New York (33.5), Vermont (26), Rhode Island (25.1), Massachusetts (23), and Alaska (19.4).  Follow this link to a FRAC state-by-state analysis of the SNAP effect on poverty.

A recent Children’s HealthWatch a brief (pdf) documents health improvements for young children whose households received increased SNAP benefits provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Researchers compared samples of young children before the recession, before the SNAP benefit boost, and then during the two years following the ARRA SNAP benefit increase.  Following the increase, “children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2010 for more information.


July 2011

45.3 Million Americans Received SNAP/Food Stamps in July 2011

Enrollment Trends Reflect Economic Conditions, Outreach, Program Improvements and Disaster Aid

New Reports Show How SNAP Benefits Can Lift People Out of Poverty

July 2011 Participation Tables (pdf)

In July 2011, SNAP/Food Stamps participation nationally topped 45.3 million people – an increase of more than 3.5 million people compared with July 2010. Ongoing economic challenges and natural disasters drove the increase; July 2011 participation rates in four states (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and North Dakota) included Disaster SNAP. Currently, one in seven Americans receives SNAP/Food Stamps.

High rates of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2010, one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project.

For struggling families, SNAP is making a huge difference. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) show how SNAP benefits can lift people out of poverty. The FNS report details the characteristics of SNAP participants in FY 2010, including the percentage of households in each state whose incomes were lifted above the poverty level by receipt of SNAP benefits. According to FNS, the five states where SNAP made the largest percentage point difference in lifting households above 101 percent of the poverty level were New York (33.5), Vermont (26), Rhode Island (25.1), Massachusetts (23), and Alaska (19.4).

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP/Food Stamps caseloads between July 2010 and July 2011 occurred in all parts of the country. The ten states that registered the largest over-the-year percentage caseload increases were: Maryland (17.0%); Minnesota (16.7%); New Jersey (16.3%); Delaware (15.9%); North Carolina (15.9%); Nevada (14.5%); Hawaii (14.1%); Florida (13.7%); District of Columbia (12.9%); and California (11.8%).

Participation Gaps

Nonetheless, gaps in participation remain. Three in ten people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP/Food Stamps policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

To help states identify gaps in participation, FRAC has compared, for every state, the percentage considered unemployed or underemployed to the percentage participating in SNAP. See SNAP and U-6 Participation.

The number of people participating in SNAP/Food Stamps in July 2011 was 28.4 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the past decade (16.9 million individuals). The program was renamed SNAP pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2010 for more information.


June 2011

45.1 Million Americans Received SNAP/Food Stamps in June 2011

Enrollment Trends Reflect Economic Conditions, Outreach, Program Improvements and Disaster Aid

June 2011 Participation Tables (pdf)

In June 2011, SNAP/Food Stamps participation nationally topped 45 million people for only the second time in history, but dipped by 290, 762 to 45,119,921, as temporary Disaster SNAP benefits (D-SNAP) ended for most storm victims in Alabama.  D-SNAP benefits were available in June 2011 for some residents in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina.  Still, the June 2011 SNAP participation level represented an increase of more than 3.8 million people compared with June 2010.

One in seven Americans receives SNAP/Food Stamps.

Unemployment, underemployment, and poverty are contributing to great need. In 2010, one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP/Food Stamps caseloads between June 2010 and June 2011 occurred in all parts of the country. The ten states that registered the largest over-the-year percentage caseload increases were: New Jersey (19.1%); Minnesota (18.6%); North Carolina (18.6%); Delaware (17.9%); Maryland (17.5%); Nevada (17.0%); Florida (16.3%); Hawaii (15.0%); Idaho (14.4%); and New Mexico (13.3%).

Participation Gaps

Nonetheless, gaps in participation remain. Three in ten people eligible for SNAP go unserved. Implementing SNAP/Food Stamps policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

The number of people participating in SNAP/Food Stamps in June 2011 was 28.2 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the past decade (16.9 million individuals). The program was renamed SNAP pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2010 for more information.


May 2011

45.7 Million Americans Received SNAP/Food Stamps in May 2011

Record Enrollment Continues Due to Economic Conditions, Outreach and Program Improvements

May 2011 Participation Tables (pdf)

In May 2011, SNAP/Food Stamps participation rose to a record 45,753,078 people, an increase of 1,105,217 individuals from April 2011, and an increase of more than 4.9 million people compared with May 2010. May 2011 participation rates in Alabama, North Carolina, and Georgia included Disaster SNAP benefits.

One in seven Americans receives SNAP/Food Stamps. This is the highest share of the U.S. population on SNAP/Food Stamps.

Also in 2010, one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP/Food Stamps caseloads between May 2010 and May 2011 occurred in all parts of the country. The ten states that registered the largest over-the-year percentage caseload increases were: Alabama (118%); New Jersey (20.4%); North Carolina (20.4%); Delaware (19.1%); Minnesota (19.1%); Maryland (18.6%); Nevada (18.6%); Florida (17.0%); Idaho (16.1%); and New Mexico (15.4%)..

Participation Gaps

Nonetheless, gaps in participation remain. One in three people eligible for SNAP goes unserved. Implementing SNAP/Food Stamps policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

The number of people participating in SNAP/Food Stamps in May 2011 was 28.8 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the past decade (16.9 million individuals). The program was renamed SNAP pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2010 for more information.


April 2011

44.6 Million Americans Received SNAP/Food Stamps in April 2011

Record Enrollment Continues Due to Economic Conditions, Outreach and Program Improvements

April 2011 Participation Tables (pdf)

In April 2011, SNAP/Food Stamps participation rose to a record 44,647,861 people, an increase of 60,586 individuals from March 2011, and an increase of more than 4.2 million people compared with April 2010.

One in seven Americans receives SNAP/Food Stamps. This is the highest share of the U.S. population on SNAP/Food Stamps.

Also in 2010, one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP/Food Stamps caseloads between April 2010 and April 2011 occurred in all parts of the country. The ten states that registered the largest over-the-year percentage caseload increases were: New Jersey (22.7%); New Mexico (21.2%); Maryland (21.2%); Nevada (19.9%); Delaware (19.4%); Minnesota (18.8%); Florida (18.3%); North Carolina (17.7%); Idaho (16.7%); and Hawaii (15.4%).

Participation Gaps

Nonetheless, gaps in participation remain. One in three people eligible for SNAP goes unserved. Implementing SNAP/Food Stamps policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

The number of people participating in SNAP/Food Stamps in April 2011 was 27.7 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the past decade (16.9 million individuals). The program was renamed SNAP pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2010 for more information.


March 2011

44.5 Million Americans Received SNAP/Food Stamps in March 2011

Record Enrollment Continues Due to Economic Conditions, Outreach and Program Improvements

March 2011 Participation Tables (pdf)

In March 2011, SNAP/Food Stamps participation rose to a record 44,587,328 people, an increase of 387,849 individuals from February 2011, and an increase of more than 4.4 million people compared with March 2010.

One in seven Americans receives SNAP/Food Stamps. This is the highest share of the U.S. population on SNAP/Food Stamps.

Also in 2010, one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP/Food Stamps caseloads between March 2010 and March 2011 occurred in all parts of the country. The ten states that registered the largest over-the-year percentage caseload increases were: New Jersey (24.3%); Delaware (21.9%); Nevada (20.8%); Florida (19.8%); Minnesota (19.0%); Maryland (18.9%); New Mexico (18.5%); Idaho (18.1%); North Carolina (17.6%); and Hawaii (16.7%).

Participation Gaps

Nonetheless, gaps in participation remain. One in three people eligible for SNAP goes unserved. Implementing SNAP/Food Stamps policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

The number of people participating in SNAP/Food Stamps in March 2011 was 27.6 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the past decade (16.9 million individuals). The program was renamed SNAP pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2010 for more information.


February 2011

44 Million Americans Received SNAP/Food Stamps in February 2011

Record Enrollment Continues Due to Economic Conditions, Outreach and Program Improvements

February 2011 Participation Tables (pdf)

In February 2011, SNAP/Food Stamps participation rose to a record 44,199,091 people, an increase of 11,417 individuals from January 2011, and an increase of more than 4.6 million people compared with the prior February.

One in seven Americans receives SNAP/Food Stamps. This is the highest share of the U.S. population on SNAP/Food Stamps.

Also in 2010, one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP/Food Stamps caseloads between February 2010 and February 2011 occurred in all parts of the country. The ten states that registered the largest over-the-year percentage caseload increases were:  New Jersey (23.1%); Delaware (22.9%); Nevada (22.7%); Maryland (22.1%); Florida (20.6%); Minnesota (19.0%); Idaho (18.9%); New Mexico (17.9%); North Carolina (17.7%); and Hawaii (16.7%).

Participation Gaps

Nonetheless, gaps in participation remain. One in three people eligible for SNAP goes unserved. Implementing SNAP/Food Stamps policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

The number of people participating in SNAP/Food Stamps in February 2011 was 27.2 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the past decade (16.9 million individuals). The program was renamed SNAP pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2010 for more information.


January 2011

44 Million Americans Received SNAP/Food Stamps in January 2011

Record Enrollment Continues Due to Economic Conditions, Outreach and Program Improvements

January 2011 Participation Tables (pdf)

In January 2011, SNAP/Food Stamps participation rose to a record 44,187,831 people, an increase of 105,470 individuals from December 2010, and an increase of more than 4.7 million people compared with the prior January.

One in seven Americans receives SNAP/Food Stamps. This is the highest share of the U.S. population on SNAP/Food Stamps.

Also in 2010, one in five Americans struggled with “food hardship,” according to FRAC analysis of data collected through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project.

State-by-State Trends

Increases in SNAP/Food Stamps caseloads between January 2010 and January 2011 occurred in all parts of the country. Seven states registered over the year increases of 20 percent or higher: Utah (29.1%); Nevada (24.5%); Florida (22.0%); New Jersey (21.4%); Delaware (21.3%); Maryland (20.9%); and Idaho (20.7%).

Participation Gaps

Nonetheless, gaps in participation remain. One in three people eligible for SNAP goes unserved. Implementing SNAP/Food Stamps policies that improve program access, ensuring staff capacity to process applications, and mounting outreach campaigns to get the word out to the public can help communities maximize the federal recovery dollars available to help local families and businesses.

The number of people participating in SNAP/Food Stamps in January 2011 was 27.2 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the past decade (16.9 million individuals). The program was renamed SNAP pursuant to the 2008 Farm Bill.

See Historic Trends: 1998 – 2010 for more information.