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Data on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) participation and costs. Nation-wide and state level program participation counts and recipiency rates; value of benefits issued and other costs.
The US Food Stamp/SNAP program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service, is the largest food assistance program in the country, reaching more poor individuals over the course of a year than any other public assistance program. Unlike many other public assistance programs, SNAP has few categorical requirements for eligibility, such as the presence of children, elderly, or disabled individuals in a household. As a result, the program offers assistance to a large and diverse population of needy persons, many of whom are not eligible for other forms of assistance.
All data except population estimates originate from USDA Food & Nutrition Service. Sources & notes:
For the national-wide totalsUSDA Food & Nutrition Service national level annual summariesare used. Totals for national level include all states, District of Columbia and island areas, excluding Puerto Rico. Totals for 1975-1982 including Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico initiated Food Stamp operations during FY 1975 and participated through June of FY 1982. A separate Nutrition Assistance Grant began in July 1982.
Resident population counts are US Census Bureau’s latest estimates; for Guam and Virgin Islands -World Bank Population Estimates & Projections. Totals for United States resident populationDOES NOTinclude Puerto Rico & island areas. Recipiency rates expressed as percentages of total population have been correctly computed using corresponding summary population values
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