2003-2017 in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Supplement Nutrition Assistance 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 receiving SNAP is the lowest since 2008, at 63,907 or about 1 in 4 Maine children. This varies by county from a high of 36-37% in Washington and Somerset Counties to a low of 17-18% in Cumberland and York Counties in 2017.
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Definitions: The number/percent of children ages 0-17 who were receiving Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits during the time period specified for each year in the notes. The state total includes children whose county is unknown or who reside out of state. The numerator is the number of children under age 18 who received SNAP in December and the denominator is the number of children ages 0-17 based on the most recent estimate from Maine's Office of Vital Statistics.

Data Source: Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Family Independence.

Footnotes: Data for 2003 through 2017 represent enrollments in December of those years.

Last upload of data: April 2018.