Food Stamp Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Department of Agriculture - Food and Nutrition Service
Research Date: September 3rd, 2014
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 Statistics Data
Total annual cost of food stamp program $71,800,000,000
Number of Americans using the food stamp program 46,670,373
Percent of population on food stamp program 14 %
Year Total Number of People Receiving Food Stamps Average Monthly Benefit
2014 46,670,373 $133.85
2011 44,709,000 $133.85
2000 17,194,000 $76.62
1990 20,049,000 $58.78
1980 21,082,000 $34.47
1969 2,878,000 $6.63
  State Food Stamp Participation Rate  
1 Mississippi 20.8 %
2 Tennessee 19.9 %
2 Oregon 19.9 %
4 New Mexico 19.8 %
5 Michigan 19.5 %
6 Louisiana 19.3 %
7 Alabama 19.1 %
8 Kentucky 18.8 %
9 West Virginia 18.5 %
9 Maine 18.5 %
11 Georgia 18.1 %
12 South Carolina 18 %
13 Arkansas 16.5 %
14 Arizona 16.4 %
15 Florida 16.1 %
15 Oklahoma 16.1 %
17 Missouri 15.6 %
18 Texas 15.4 %
19 Washington 15.5 %
20 New York 15.4 %
21 Rhode Island 15.2 %
22 Delaware 14.7 %
23 Vermont 14.6 %
24 Idaho 14.3 %
25 Wisconsin 14 %
26 Illinois 13.9 %
26 Ohio 13.9 %
26 North Carolina 13.9 %
29 Pennsylvania 13.4 %
29 Indiana 13.4 %
31 South Dakota 12.4 %
31 Montana 12.4 %
33 Massachusetts 12.3 %
34 Nevada 12.1 %
34 Iowa 12.1 %
36 Alaska 11.9 %
37 Hawaii 11.5 %
38 Maryland 11.4 %
39 Virginia 10.5 %
39 Connecticut 10.5 %
41 Kansas 10.3 %
42 Utah 10 %
43 California 9.7 %
44 Nebraska 9.4 %
45 Minnesota 9.4 %
45 Colorado 8.8 %
47 North Dakota 8.7 %
48 New Jersey 8.6 %
49 New Hampshire 8.5 %
50 Wyoming 6.3 %
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