2006 SNAP Data

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December 2006

Food Stamp Participation in December 2006 Up Over Month
While 7.6 Million More Got Food Stamps than in December 2001
Many Eligible People Were Still Missed

December 2006 participation data tables (pdf)

In December 2006 food stamp participation at 26,363,031 persons was up over the month by 86,171 people. The overall caseload for December 2006 was nearly half a million persons lower than the prior December, when some Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Wilma victims received disaster food stamp benefits. Still, December 2006 participation levels were 7.6 million persons higher than in December 2001. Nonetheless, the Program still is missing nearly four in ten eligible people. At a time when more than 35 million people in the U.S. face a constant struggle against hunger, continuing to strengthen the reach of the Food Stamp Program is vital.

Food Stamp Program growth in recent years reflects continuing wage stagnation, state actions to improve access, the effects of the 2002 food stamp reauthorization implementation, and disaster relief. In late 2005 caseloads grew significantly to serve victims affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, but largely have returned to pre-disaster relief levels.

Overall Trends

The number of people participating in the Food Stamp Program in December 2006 was 9.5 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade. Participation has risen in 59 of the last 72 months, (but in only seven of the last 12 months).

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October 2006

Food Stamp Participation in October 2006 Up Over Month
But Below Hurricane Katrina and Rita Disaster Aid Levels of 2005
While 8.1 Million More Got Food Stamps than in October 2001, Many Eligible People Were Still Missed

October 2006 participation data tables (pdf)

In October 2006 food stamp participation at 26,294,464 persons was up over the month by 100,399 people. The overall caseload for October 2006 was nearly 1.4 million persons lower than the prior October, when many Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims received disaster food stamp benefits. Still, October 2006 participation levels were 8.1 million persons higher than in October 2001. Nonetheless, the Program still is missing nearly four in ten eligible people. At a time when more than 35 million people in the U.S. face a constant struggle against hunger, continuing to strengthen the reach of the Food Stamp Program is vital.

Food Stamp Program growth in recent years reflects continuing wage stagnation, state actions to improve access, the effects of the 2002 food stamp reauthorization implementation, and disaster relief. In late 2005 caseloads grew significantly to serve victims affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, but largely have returned to pre-disaster relief levels.

Overall Trends

The number of people participating in the Food Stamp Program in October 2006 was 9.4 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade. Participation has risen in 57 of the last 70 months, (but in only five of the last ten months).

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September 2006

Food Stamp Participation in September Up Over Month
But Below Hurricane Katrina Disaster Aid Levels of Year Earlier
While More Than 8.3 Million More Got Food Stamps than in September 2001, Many Eligible People Were Still Missed

September 2006 participation data tables (pdf)

In September 2006 food stamp participation at 26,195,449 persons was up over the month by 62,551 people. The overall caseload for September 2006 was more than 1.2 million persons lower than the prior September, when many Hurricane Katrina victims received disaster food stamp benefits. Still, September 2006 participation levels were more than 8.3 million persons higher than in August 2001. Nonetheless, the Program still is missing nearly four in ten eligible people. At a time when more than 35 million people in the US face a constant struggle against hunger, continuing to strengthen the reach of the Food Stamp Program is vital.

Food Stamp Program growth in recent years reflects continuing wage stagnation, state actions to improve access, the effects of the 2002 food stamp reauthorization implementation, and disaster relief. In late 2005 caseloads grew significantly to serve victims affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, but largely have returned to pre-disaster relief levels.

Overall Trends

The number of people participating in the Food Stamp Program in September 2006 was 9.3 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade. Participation has risen in 56 of the last 69 months, (but in only four of the last nine months).

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August 2006

Food Stamp Participation in August Up Over Month
362,000 More People Participated in August 2006 Than in August 2005
But Many Eligible People Missed

August 2006 participation data tables (pdf)

In August 2006 food stamp participation at 26,127,843 persons was up over the month by 136,800 people. The overall caseload for August 2006 was 362,308 persons higher than the prior August and nearly 8.4 million persons higher than in August 2001. Nonetheless, the Program still is missing nearly four in ten eligible people. At a time when more than 35 million people in the US face a constant struggle against hunger, continuing to strengthen the reach of the Food Stamp Program is vital.

Food Stamp Program growth in recent years reflects continuing wage stagnation, state actions to improve access, the effects of the 2002 food stamp reauthorization implementation, and disaster relief. In late 2005 caseloads grew significantly to serve victims affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, but largely have returned to pre-disaster relief levels.

Overall Trends

The number of people participating in the Food Stamp Program in August 2006 was 9.2 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade.

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July 2006

Food Stamp Participation Dip in July Still Leaves Caseloads Up Over Year
420,000 More People Participated in July 2006 Than in July 2005
But Many Eligible People Missed

July 2006 participation data tables (pdf)

In July 2006 food stamp participation dipped to 25,987,481 persons (a decrease over the month of 88,928 people). The overall caseload for July 2006 was 421,967 persons higher than the prior July and nearly 8.5 million persons higher than in July 2001. Nonetheless, the Program still is missing nearly four in ten eligible people.

Food Stamp Program growth in recent years reflects continuing wage stagnation, state actions to improve access, the effects of the 2002 food stamp reauthorization implementation, and disaster relief. In late 2005 caseloads grew significantly to serve victims affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, but largely have returned to pre-disaster relief levels.

Overall Trends

The number of people participating in the Food Stamp Program in July 2006 was almost 9.1million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade.

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June 2006

Food Stamp Participation Up in June 2006
Over One Half Million More People Participated in June 2006 than in June 2005
But Many Eligible People Still Missed

June 2006 participation data tables (pdf)

In June 2006 food stamp participation at 26,076,409 persons was up over the month by 63,063 people. The overall caseload for June 2006 was over one half million persons (541,725) higher than the prior June and more than 8.6 million persons higher than in June 2001. Nonetheless, the Program still is missing nearly four in ten eligible people.

Food Stamp Program growth in recent years reflects continuing wage stagnation, state actions to improve access, the effects of the 2002 food stamp reauthorization implementation, and disaster relief. In late 2005 caseloads grew significantly to serve victims affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, but largely have returned to pre-disaster relief levels.

Overall Trends

The number of people participating in the Food Stamp Program in June 2006 was almost 9.2 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade.

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May 2006

Food Stamp Participation Overall Steady in May 2006
About 600,000 More People Participated in May 2006 than in May 2005
But Many Eligible People Still Missed

May 2006 participation data tables (pdf)

In May 2006 food stamp participation at 26,013,901 persons was virtually unchanged overall from April 2006 (a dip of 5,661 persons nationwide). The overall caseload for May 2006 was more than 600,000 persons higher than the prior May and nearly 8.8 million persons higher than in May 2001.

Caseloads grew in late 2005 to serve victims affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, but largely have returned to pre-disaster relief levels. Food Stamp Program growth in recent years also reflects continuing wage stagnation, state actions to improve access, and the effects of the 2002 food stamp reauthorization implementation. Nonetheless, the Program still is missing nearly four in ten eligible people.

Overall Trends

The number of people participating in the Food Stamp Program in May 2006 was nine million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade.

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April 2006

Food Stamp Monthly Caseloads Fluctuate in Early 2006
Over One Half Million More People Participated in April 2006 Than in April 2005
But Many Eligible People Still Missed

April 2006 participation data tables (pdf)

In April 2006 food stamp participation dropped to 25,917,002 persons, 294,164 fewer than in March 2006. Three of the first four months of calendar 2006 have registered over-the-month declines. Nonetheless, the overall caseload for April 2006 was still more than one half million persons higher than the prior April and nearly 8.8 million persons higher than in April 2001.

Caseloads grew in late 2005 to serve victims affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, but largely have returned to pre-disaster relief levels. Food Stamp Program growth in recent years also reflects continuing wage stagnation, state actions to improve access, and the effects of the 2002 food stamp reauthorization implementation. Nonetheless, the Program still is missing nearly four in ten eligible people.

Overall Trends

The number of people participating in the Food Stamp Program in April 2006 was nine million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade.

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January 2006

Food Stamp Caseloads Dip Over Month in January 2006
But Nearly 1.2 Million More People Participated in January 2006 Than in January 2005

January 2006 participation data tables (pdf)

In January 2006 food stamp participation dipped to 26,614,529 persons, 73,911 fewer than in December 2005. Nonetheless, the overall caseload was still nearly 1.2 million persons higher than the prior January and nearly 7.7 million persons higher than in January 2002.

Food Stamp Program growth in recent years also reflects continuing wage stagnation, state actions to improve access, and the effects of the food stamp reauthorization implementation.

Overall Trends

The number of people participating in the Food Stamp Program in January 2006 was 9.7 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade.

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