Tuesday, May 12, 2015
SNAP PARTICIPATION TRACKS RECESSION & RECOVERY
About 46.5 million Americans received monthly SNAP benefits in the 2014 fiscal year, dramatically up from 28 million in 2008. In 2013, some states began to see SNAP numbers decline and by 2014, all but eight states posted declines in enrollment from the year before. National SNAP enrollment in 2014 was down by 2.3% from 2013. The average monthly SNAP benefit per person in 2014 was $125, down from $133 in 2009-13. When adjusted for inflation, the average monthly benefit was about $110 in 2014, an increase of about $40 since 1994.
Source: Council of State Governments, 5/4/15, SNAP Participation