2007 SNAP Data

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December 2007

Food Stamp Participation in December Up Over Month and Year
Weak Economy and Food Inflation Hit Struggling Households Hard
While Almost 7 Million More Got Food Stamps than in December 2002, Many Eligible People Were Still Missed

December 2007 participation data tables (pdf)

In December 2007 food stamp participation at 27,613,729 persons was up over the month by 286,016 people and over the prior December by 1,225,717 people. Nonetheless, the Program still is missing one in three 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 the last decade reflect continuing wage stagnation, state actions to improve access, the effects of the 2002 food stamp reauthorization implementation, and disaster relief.

Most recently, the weak economy and food price inflation are taking a toll on low-income households. The purchasing power of food stamp allotments is not keeping pace with food inflation. By February 2008, FRAC estimated, the maximum food stamp allotment for a family of four was five percent short of the amount the government estimates is needed to purchase even the minimally adequate diet outlined in the Thrifty Food Plan market basket.

Food Stamp Program growth is expected to continue, with the Congressional Budget Office predicting the FY 2009 monthly caseload will average 28 million persons.
Food Stamp Program Participation Data (pdf)

Overall Trends

The number of people participating in the Food Stamp Program in December 2007 was 10.7 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade.

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November 2007

Food Stamp Participation in November 2007 Up Over Month and Year
Weak Economy and Food Inflation Hit Struggling Households Hard
While Almost 7 Million More Got Food Stamps than in November 2002, Many Eligible People Were Still Missed

November 2007 participation data tables (pdf)

In November 2007 food stamp participation at 27,327,713 persons was up over the month by 149,925 people and over the prior November by 1,035,484 people. Nonetheless, the Program still is missing one in three 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 the last decade reflect continuing wage stagnation, state actions to improve access, the effects of the 2002 food stamp reauthorization implementation, and disaster relief.

Most recently, the weak economy and food price inflation are taking a toll on low-income households. The purchasing power of food stamp allotments is not keeping pace with food inflation. By February 2008, FRAC estimated, the maximum food stamp allotment for a family of four was five percent short of the amount the government estimates is needed to purchase even the minimally adequate diet outlined in the Thrifty Food Plan market basket.

Food Stamp Program growth is expected to continue, with the Congressional Budget Office predicting the FY 2009 monthly caseload will average 28 million persons.
Food Stamp Program Participation Data (pdf)

Overall Trends

The number of people participating in the Food Stamp Program in November 2007 was 10.4 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade.

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July 2007

Food Stamp Participation in July Held Steady
While 7.3 Million More Got Food Stamps than in July 2002
Many Eligible People Were Still Missed

July 2007 participation data tables (pdf)

In July 2007 food stamp participation at 26,614,527 persons, just 7,642 more than in June, but 618,041 persons higher than the prior July. July 2007 participation levels were more than 7.3 million persons higher than in July 2002. Nonetheless, the Program still is missing nearly one in three 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.
Food Stamp Program Participation Data July 2007

Overall Trends

The number of people participating in the Food Stamp Program in July 2007 was 9.7 million more persons than in July 2000, when program participation nationally reached its lowest point in the last decade. Participation has risen in 63 of the last 79 months, (and in 11 of the last 19 months).

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