Number of participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

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Definitions: Number of individuals who participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  

Persons are eligible for participation in SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program) if they meet certain resource and income tests. Not everyone who is eligible for food stamps elects to take them. More detailed information about eligibility is here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/applicant_recipients/eligibility.htm#employment

Data Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Studies. 2000-2016 SNAP State Activity Reports. Reports can be found at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/snap-state-activity-reports.

Footnotes: Updated January 2018.