SNAP Benefits for children, 2003-2020 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
In 2020, 53,963 children received SNAP compared to 57,955 in 2019 . So, despite the pandemic on the last day in December, the number of children with SNAP, decreased by almost 4,000 children. In 2020, or 21.7% of Maine children received SNAP. The rate varies by county in 2020 from a high of 34.7 in Piscataquis County, 31.8% in Washington County and 31.3% in Androscoggin County 3 to a low of 18.1% in Hancock, 14.9% in Cumberland and 14.4 % in Sagadahoc County.
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Definitions: The number/percent of children ages 0-18 who were receiving Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits during December. The state total includes children whose county is unknown or who reside out of state. The numerator is the number of children under age 19 who received SNAP in December and the denominator is the number of children ages 0-18 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 2020 represent enrollments in December of those years.

Last upload of data: March 2021