Wednesday, August 04, 2010

On The Stamp: Food Stamp Participation May 2010

As a logical consequence of the prolonged economic downturn it appears that participation in the federal food stamp program is continuing to rise.

In fact, household participation has been climbing so steadily that it has far surpassed the last peak set as a result of the immediate fallout following hurricane Katrina.

The latest data released by the Department of Agriculture shows that, on a year-over-year basis, household participation has increased 21.28% while individual participation, as a ratio of the overall population, has increased 17.55% over the same period.

The May results confirm that participation is continuing to climb, likely as a result of the jump in total unemployment, driving the nominal benefit costs up an lofty 18.75% on a year-over-year basis to $5,458,064,340 for the month.