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Food Stamp Usage Drop Is Barely Noticeable

| On 03, Apr 2012

Food stamps enrollment is near its all-time high at the close of 2011, despite a recent drop. (Photo by Tim Boyle / Getty Images)

If it seems like more people you know than ever are using food stamps, you may be correct.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that 46,449,850 people used the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps, in January 2012. That’s down by over 64,000 from the month prior.

That’s not a major dent in food stamp usage when you figure that nearly one-sixth of the nation uses the benefits. Also, the program recorded its highest-ever enrollment amount in December 2011 — a staggering 46,514,157 people. When President Obama took office in early 2009, the amount of people getting food stamps was at over 31.9 million.

Economic and employment factors have weighed heavily on these statistics. Obviously, during the run of the Great Recession, more people than ever found themselves unemployed or under-employed. Meeting the basic needs in life became harder and more people leaned on the government safety net.

I will admit that I didn’t know that many people across the country were receiving food stamp assistance. These are pretty sobering numbers when you think about it. Hopefully, with improvements in the economy, the numbers will continue to fall.

It’s rough out here still for a lot of American families!



Do you think the percentage of the population on food stamps will continue to decline in the coming months and years?


*Thanks to Obama Foodorama for the facts and figures about food stamp usage.

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