2004 SNAP Data

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December 2004

Food Stamp Participation Increases in December 2004 to More Than 25.4 Million Persons

December 2004 participation data tables (pdf)

Participation in the Food Stamp Program in December 2004 (the latest data available) was 25,487,768 persons, an increase of 2,207,685 persons from December 2003. The Food Stamp Program growth in recent months reflects continuing joblessness, state actions to improve access, and the effects of the food stamp reauthorization implementation.

The number of people participating in the Food Stamp Program in December 2004 was 8.6 million more persons than July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade.

Caseloads dropped through 1998 and 1999 as the economy improved and many states failed to get food stamps to low-income families who had left cash welfare for low-paid work. Caseloads then stabilized and began rising in 2000. Increases in participation since 2001 likely have been driven by improved access to the program in states, including most recently for legal immigrants, and by the weakened economy.

Participation has risen in 44 of the last 48 months. Participation in December 2004 rose in the District of Columbia and in 47 of the 50 states compared to a year earlier.
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November 2004

Food Stamp Participation Increases in November 2004 to More Than 25 Million Persons

November 2004 participation data tables (pdf)

Participation in the Food Stamp Program in November 2004 (the latest data available) was 25,145,671 persons, an increase of 2,152,512 persons from November 2003. The number of people enrolled fell substantially from October to November 2004 because October numbers included hundreds of thousands of hurricane victims in Florida who received temporary disaster food stamp benefits. A better comparison is September to November 2004. November had 223,400 more participants. (September, unlike October, was not temporarily increased because of assistance to hurricane victims.) The Food Stamp Program growth in recent months reflects continuing joblessness, state actions to improve access, and the effects of the food stamp reauthorization implementation.

The number of people participating in the Food Stamp Program in November 2004 was 8 million more persons than July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade.

Caseloads dropped through 1998 and 1999 as the economy improved and many states failed to get food stamps to low-income families who had left cash welfare for low-paid work. Caseloads then stabilized and began rising in 2000. Increases in participation since 2001 likely have been driven by improved access to the program in states, including most recently for legal immigrants, and by the weakened economy.

Participation has risen in 43 of the last 47 months. Participation in November 2004 rose in 49 of the 50 states compared to a year earlier, and fell in the District of Columbia.
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October 2004

Food Stamp Participation Increases in October 2004 to More Than 26 Million Persons: Temporary Disaster Relief Contributed to Upward Trend

October 2004 participation data tables (pdf)

Participation in the Food Stamp Program in October 2004 (the latest data available) increased by 1,309,130 persons from the previous month, to 26,231,401 persons. While a portion of the increase was due to temporary disaster assistance, especially for Florida hurricane victims, it also reflected longer term factors: continuing high rates of joblessness, states improving access, and the effects of the food stamp reauthorization implementation

The October 2004 level of Food Stamp Program participation represented a rise of nearly 3 million persons compared to October 2003, and 9.4 million more persons since July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade.

Caseloads dropped through 1998 and 1999 as the economy improved and many states failed to get food stamps to low-income families who had left cash welfare for low-paid work. Caseloads then stabilized and began rising in 2000. Increases in participation since 2001 likely have been driven by improved access to the program in states, including most recently for legal immigrants, and by the weakened economy.

Participation has risen in 43 of the last 46 months. Participation in October 2004 rose in 47 states and the District of Colubmia compared to a year earlier.
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September 2004

Food Stamp Participation Increases in September 2004 to Nearly 25 Million Persons

September 2004 participation data tables (pdf)

Participation in the Food Stamp Program in September 2004 (the latest data available) increased by 309,321 persons from the previous month, to 24,922,076 persons. Some of this increase was due to continuing high rates of joblessness, states improving access, and the effects of the food stamp reauthorization implementation.

The September 2004 level of Food Stamp Program participation represented a rise of nearly 2.2 million persons compared to September 2003, and 8 million more persons since July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade.

Caseloads dropped through 1998 and 1999 as the economy improved and many states failed to get food stamps to low-income families who had left cash welfare for low-paid work. Caseloads then stabilized and began rising in 2000. Increases in participation since 2001 likely have been driven by improved access to the program in states, including most recently for legal immigrants, and by the weakened economy.

Participation has risen in 42 of the last 45 months. Participation in September 2004 rose in 48 states and the District of Colubmia compared to a year earlier.
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August 2004

Food Stamp Participation Increases in August 2004 To More Than 24.6 Million Persons

August 2004 participation data tables (pdf)

Participation in the Food Stamp Program in August 2004 (the latest data available) increased by 217,639 persons from the previous month, to 24,612,845 persons. Some of this increase was due to continuing high rates of joblessness, states improving access, and the effects of the food stamp reauthorization implementation.

The August 2004 level of Food Stamp Program participation represented a rise of nearly 2.3 million persons compared to August 2003, and 7.7 million more persons since July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade.

Caseloads dropped through 1998 and 1999 as the economy improved and many states failed to get food stamps to low-income families who had left cash welfare for low-paid work. Caseloads then stabilized and began rising in 2000. Increases in participation since 2001 likely have been driven by improved access to the program in states, including most recently for legal immigrants, and by the weakened economy.

Participation has risen in 41 of the last 45 months. Participation in August 2004 rose in 48 states compared to a year earlier.
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July 2004

Food Stamp Participation Increases in July 2004 To Nearly 24.4 Million Persons

July 2004 participation data tables (pdf)

Participation in the Food Stamp Program in July 2004 (the latest data available) increased by 231,602 persons from the previous month, to 24,395,106 persons. Some of this increase was due to continuing high rates of joblessness, states improving access, and the effects of the food stamp reauthorization implementation.

The July 2004 level of Food Stamp Program participation represented a rise of nearly 2.4 million persons compared to the July 2003 level and more than 7 million persons since July 2000 (when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade).

Caseloads dropped through 1998 and 1999 as the economy improved and many states failed to get food stamps to low-income families who had left cash welfare for low-paid work. Caseloads then stabilized and began rising in 2000. Increases in participation since 2001 likely have been driven by improved access to the program in states, including most recently for legal immigrants, and by the weakened economy.

Participation has risen in 40 of the last 44 months. Participation in July 2004 rose in 47 states and the District of Columbia compared to a year earlier.
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June  2004

Food Stamp Participation Increases in June 2004; Tops 24 Million Persons

June 2004 participation data tables (pdf)

Participation in the Food Stamp Program in June 2004 (the latest data available) increased by 187,901 persons from the previous month, to 24,163,504 persons. Some of this increase was due to continuing high rates of joblessness, states improving access, and the effects of the food stamp reauthorization implementation.

The June 2004 level of Food Stamp Program participation represented a rise of nearly 2.4 million persons compared to the June 2003 level and more than 7 million persons since July 2000 (when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade).

Caseloads dropped through 1998 and 1999 as the economy improved and many states failed to get food stamps to low-income families who had left cash welfare for low-paid work. Caseloads then stabilized and began rising in 2000. Increases in participation since 2001 likely have been driven by improved access to the program in states, including most recently for legal immigrants, and by the weakened economy.

Participation has risen in 39 of the last 43 months. Participation in June 2004 rose in 48 states and the District of Columbia compared to a year earlier.
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May 2004

Food Stamp Participation Increases in May 2004 to 24 Million Persons

May 2004 participation data tables (pdf)

Participation in the Food Stamp Program in May 2004 (the latest data available) increased by 99,607 persons from the previous month, to 23,976,028 persons. Some of this increase was due to continuing high rates of joblessness, states improving access, and the effects of the food stamp reauthorization implementation.

The May 2004 level of Food Stamp Program participation represented a rise of more than 2.4 million persons compared to the May 2003 level and nearly 6.6 million persons since July, 2000 (when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade).

Caseloads dropped through 1998 and 1999 as the economy improved and many states failed to get food stamps to low-income families who had left cash welfare for low-paid work. Caseloads then stabilized and began rising in 2000. Increases in participation since 2001 likely have been driven by improved access to the program in states, including most recently for legal immigrants, and by the weakened economy.

Participation has risen in 38 of the last 42 months. Participation in May 2004 rose in 48 states and the District of Columbia compared to a year earlier.
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April 2004

Food Stamp Participation Increases in April 2004 to 23.9 Million Persons

April 2004 participation data tables (pdf)

Participation in the Food Stamp Program in April 2004 (the latest data available) increased by 81,809 persons from the previous month, to 23,884,312 persons. Some of this increase was due to continuing high rates of joblessness, states improving access, and the effects of the food stamp reauthorization implementation.

The April 2004 level of Food Stamp Program participation represented a rise of more than 2.6 million persons compared to the April 2003 level and nearly 6.6 million persons since July, 2000 (when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade).

Caseloads dropped through 1998 and 1999 as the economy improved and many states failed to get food stamps to low-income families who had left cash welfare for low-paid work. Caseloads then stabilized and began rising in 2000. Increases in participation since 2001 likely have been driven by improved access to the program in states, including most recently for legal immigrants, and by the weakened economy.

Participation has risen in 38 of the last 42 months. Participation in April 2004 rose in 49 states and the District of Columbia compared to a year earlier.
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March 2004

Food Stamp Participation Increases in March 2004 to 23.8 Million Persons

March 2004 participation data tables (pdf)

Participation in the Food Stamp Program in March 2004 (the latest data available) increased by 299,077 persons from the previous month, to 23,815,664 persons. Some of this increase was due to continuing high rates of joblessness, states improving access, and the effects of the food stamp reauthorization implementation.

The March 2004 level of Food Stamp Program participation represented a rise of 2.8 million persons compared to the March 2003 level and 6.6 million persons since July 2000 (when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade).

Caseloads dropped through 1998 and 1999 as the economy improved and many states failed to get food stamps to low-income families who had left cash welfare for low-paid work. Caseloads then stabilized and began rising in 2000. Increases in participation since 2001 likely have been driven by improved access to the program in states, including most recently for legal immigrants, and by the weakened economy.

Participation has risen in 39 of the last 44 months. Participation in March 2004 rose in 49 states and the District of Columbia compared to a year earlier.
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February 2004

Food Stamp Participation Increases in February 2004 to 23.5 Million Persons

February 2004 participation data tables (pdf)

Participation in the Food Stamp Program in February 2004 (the latest data available) increased by 62,278 persons from the previous month, to 23,516,589 persons. Some of this increase was due to continuing high rates of joblessness, states improving access, and the effects of the food stamp reauthorization implementation.

The February 2004 level of Food Stamp Program participation represented a rise of almost 2.8 million persons compared to the February 2003 level and nearly 6.6 million persons since July 2000 (when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade).

Caseloads dropped through 1998 and 1999 as the economy improved and many states failed to get food stamps to low-income families who had left cash welfare for low-paid work. Caseloads then stabilized and began rising in 2000. Increases in participation since 2001 likely have been driven by improved access to the program in states, including most recently for legal immigrants, and by the weakened economy.

Participation has risen in 38 of the last 43 months. Participation in January 2004 rose in 49 states and the District of Columbia compared to a year earlier.
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January 2004

Food Stamp Participation Increases in January 2004 to Nearly 23.5 Million Persons; January Participation Is About 6.6 Million Persons Higher Than in July 2000

January 2004 participation data tables (pdf)

Participation in the Food Stamp Program in January 2004 (the latest data available) increased by 155,803 persons from the previous month, to 23,470,766 persons. Some of this increase was due to continuing high rates of joblessness, states improving access, and the effects of the food stamp reauthorization implementation.

The January 2004 level of Food Stamp Program participation represented a rise of almost 2.8 million persons compared to the January 2003 level and nearly 6.6 million persons since July, 2000 (when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade).

Caseloads dropped through 1998 and 1999 as the economy improved and many states failed to get food stamps to low-income families who had left cash welfare for low-paid work. Caseloads then stabilized and began rising in 2000. Increases in participation since 2001 likely have been driven by improved access to the program in states, including most recently for legal immigrants, and by the weakened economy.

Participation has risen in 37 of the last 42 months. Participation in January 2004 rose in 49 states and the District of Columbia compared to a year earlier.

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