Americans on food stamps
The number of people using food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increased by an average of 13 percent a year from 2008 to 2012. House Republicans dropped funding for food stamps from a new version of the farm bill. Voting takes place Thursday. Read related article.
2012 participation in SNAP, as a percent of total state population
Participation has doubled since 2008
Food stamp monthly averages
In millions of people
Received per person
January grocery bill
“Thrifty” plan for men, ages 19-50
Note: USDA’s “thrifty” food plan contains the lowest amount of purchased fats and sweets.
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Nutrition Service and the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion