Saturday, December 06, 2014

SNAP Food Stamp Participation: September 2014

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

The latest data released by the Department of Agriculture indicated that in September, 16,412 individual recipients were removed from the food stamps program with the current total declining 1.79% on a year-over-year basis.

Individuals receiving food stamp benefits declined to 46.45 million which, as a ratio of the overall civilian non-institutional population now stands at a whopping 18.70% of the population.

Households receiving food stamps benefits increased to 22.75 million households with the current total falling 1.08% below the level seen a year earlier

Total nominal benefit cost declined 8.75% on a year-over-year basis to $5.74 billion for the month.