SNAP participation rate

SNAP participation as a percentage of total U.S. population has mostly surged during and immediately after periods of economic recession, and dropped thereafter. In the past decade, the participation rate has more than doubled.




Average monthly benefits per person

Average monthly benefits have also risen steadily since the inception of the program, hovering around $100 per person for three decades. Only since the onset of the Great Recession has the benefit risen to more than $130 per person.




NOTE: Adjusted for inflation. SOURCES: Department of Agriculture, National Bureau of Economic Research, Census Bureau