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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.
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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.

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

Footnotes: Data for 1999 through 2001 represent enrollments in October of those years.