Children 5 years and younger receiving SNAP benefits in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

The Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food to children who live in families with low incomes. The numbers fluctuate with the economy and also with changes in eligibility.
Children who live in families who have sufficient food are said to have low food insecurity. This is associated with better outcomes in school and general health.

What the data shows
The number of children ages 5 & under receiving SNAP statewide peaked in 2012 at 30,697 children under age 5, or 36.5% and has in 2019, it was 18,531 or 23.9% of children 5 years old and younger. This is a 40% reduction.   The rate of use of SNAP in children under age 6 varies by county in 2019 from a high of 37.9% in Washington followed by Androscoggin and Aroostook at 33- 34% to a low of 15.1% in  Sagadahoc County and 16.3% in Cumberland County in 2019.
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Definitions: The number and percent of children ages 0-5 who were receiving SNAP benefits (formerly Food Stamps) in December of each calendar year. Note: State totals include children whose county is unknown, who are not Maine residents, or who are not in state. The numerator is the number of children under age 6 who received SNAP in December and the denominator is the number of children under age 6.

Data Source: Maine DHHS Office of Family Independence Reports

Footnotes: Data for 2003 through 2019 represent enrollments in SNAP as of December of those years.

Most recent data upload: February 2020.