We have a lot of people getting food stamps. In some states 1 in 5 people are on food stamps. This is staggering! 1 in 5! I’m not criticizing the poor. I’m not talking politics. But anyone looking at this has to admit something is wrong.
Food Stamp Enrollment by State
The number of people receiving food stamps through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program rose during the recession. The sluggish job market, higher poverty rate and changes to the way applicants are evaluated have contributed to the rising ranks. Historically, enrollment has fluctuated seasonally and with emergency federal assistance in the wake of natural disasters. Select a state to see the most recent figures.
Total enrollment: 47,760,285
or 15% of the population
In 1975, 8% of all Americans were on SNAP. That percentage is 15% today. Enrollment soared to 47.8 million participants in recent months, an increase of 70%. The Congressional Budget Office predicts unemployment will drop to 4.6% by 2017, but that SNAP enrollment will only drop to 43.3 million people.