Food Stamp Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Department of Agriculture - Food and Nutrition Service
Research Date: January 13th, 2015

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp program, provides food-purchasing assistance for low- and no-income people living in the U.S. It is a federal aid program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), though benefits are distributed by each U.S. state's Division of Social Services or Children and Family Services.

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Food Stamp StatisticsData
Total annual cost of food stamp program$69,800,000,000
Number of Americans using the food stamp program41,170,732
Percent of population on food stamp program14 %
YearTotal Number of People Receiving Food StampsAverage Monthly Benefit
201446,670,373$133.85
201144,709,000$133.85
200017,194,000$76.62
199020,049,000$58.78
198021,082,000$34.47
19692,878,000$6.63
 State Food Stamp Participation Rate 
1Mississippi20.8 %
2Tennessee19.9 %
2Oregon19.9 %
4New Mexico19.8 %
5Michigan19.5 %
6Louisiana19.3 %
7Alabama19.1 %
8Kentucky18.8 %
9West Virginia18.5 %
9Maine18.5 %
11Georgia18.1 %
12South Carolina18 %
13Arkansas16.5 %
14Arizona16.4 %
15Florida16.1 %
15Oklahoma16.1 %
17Missouri15.6 %
18Texas15.4 %
19Washington15.5 %
20New York15.4 %
21Rhode Island15.2 %
22Delaware14.7 %
23Vermont14.6 %
24Idaho14.3 %
25Wisconsin14 %
26Illinois13.9 %
26Ohio13.9 %
26North Carolina13.9 %
29Pennsylvania13.4 %
29Indiana13.4 %
31South Dakota12.4 %
31Montana12.4 %
33Massachusetts12.3 %
34Nevada12.1 %
34Iowa12.1 %
36Alaska11.9 %
37Hawaii11.5 %
38Maryland11.4 %
39Virginia10.5 %
39Connecticut10.5 %
41Kansas10.3 %
42Utah10 %
43California9.7 %
44Nebraska9.4 %
45Minnesota9.4 %
45Colorado8.8 %
47North Dakota8.7 %
48New Jersey8.6 %
49New Hampshire8.5 %
50Wyoming6.3 %

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