Dow Record and Food Stamps Record: 48 Millions Americans

During the fiscal year 2011, nearly 20 million children – a quarter of all US children – were being fed with food stamps. - 15% of all Americans receive food stamps.


Government dependability is continuing to rise, with a record-breaking number of Americans enrolled to receive food stamps. The latest USDA report shows that 47.8 million Americans, which make up 15 percent of the country, are receiving the benefits.

The US Department of Agriculture has announced that 47.79 million people were enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in December, which is up from the 46.61 million who were enrolled at the end of 2011.

Most of these individuals lived in Texas – the state with the highest average of monthly participants, which was 4.04 million in 2012. California had 3.96 million participants and Florida had 3.35 million. The numbers are high, but reasonable, since those states are among the top four most populated in the US. But Washington, DC has the highest ratio of food stamp users. With a population of 617,996 and 141,147 SNAP participants, about 23 percent of city residents were dependent on food stamps in 2012. Texas falls close to the national average, with 15.5 percent of its residents eligible to receive the assistance.

But with an increase of 1.18 million SNAP users in a year and a federal budget deficit expected to hit about $845 billion this year, the rising number of Americans on food stamps simply adds to the costs.


SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
(Data as of April 5, 2013)
Fiscal PARTICIPATION BENEFIT AVERAGE MONTHLY BENEFIT
Year Persons Households COSTS Per Person Per Household
ANNUAL SUMMARY
FY 2013 47,699,516 23,027,957 25,527,160,918 133.79 277.13
FY 2012 46,609,072 22,329,713 74,619,460,715 133.41 278.48
FY 2011 44,708,726 21,072,113 71,810,924,022 133.85 283.99
MONTHLY DATA
FY 2011
Oct 2010 43,201,052 20,183,177 5,778,329,641 133.75 286.29
Nov 2010 43,596,084 20,404,895 5,810,541,635 133.28 284.76
Dec 2010 44,082,361 20,668,184 5,889,455,566 133.60 284.95
Jan 2011 44,187,874 20,748,799 5,868,238,587 132.80 282.82
Feb 2011 44,199,479 20,791,408 5,889,071,901 133.24 283.25
Mar 2011 44,587,275 21,045,909 5,983,748,199 134.20 284.32
Apr 2011 44,647,781 21,071,176 5,949,614,728 133.26 282.36
May 2011 45,410,683 21,435,915 6,121,256,333 134.80 285.56
Jun 2011 45,183,927 21,394,401 6,039,129,972 133.66 282.28
Jul 2011 45,345,473 21,458,822 6,087,627,943 134.25 283.69
Aug 2011 45,794,474 21,723,850 6,130,823,077 133.88 282.22
Sep 2011 46,268,250 21,938,820 6,263,086,440 135.36 285.48
FY 2012
Oct 2011 46,236,164 21,973,808 6,235,038,754 134.85 283.75
Nov 2011 46,286,314 22,027,321 6,208,417,106 134.13 281.85
Dec 2011 46,514,155 22,162,774 6,218,208,151 133.68 280.57
Jan 2012 46,449,737 22,188,732 6,151,537,395 132.43 277.24
Feb 2012 46,326,287 22,155,432 6,160,427,746 132.98 278.06
Mar 2012 46,405,224 22,257,668 6,181,123,024 133.20 277.71
Apr 2012 46,274,631 22,212,770 6,126,437,777 132.39 275.81
May 2012 46,496,761 22,335,926 6,180,824,060 132.93 276.72
Jun 2012 46,670,301 22,442,179 6,204,187,508 132.94 276.45
Jul 2012 46,836,236 22,541,831 6,264,292,890 133.75 277.90
Aug 2012 47,102,765 22,684,463 6,283,276,284 133.40 276.99
Sep 2012 47,710,283 22,973,657 6,405,690,020 134.26 278.83

"We spend a trillion dollars each year on federal poverty programs. That’s more than the budget for Social Security or Defense,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, during his weekly address. “But poverty seems only to increase. Something is wrong. Compassion demands that we change."

Referencing data that shows one in three Washington DC children living in poverty, two thirds of which live in single parent homes, Sessions discussed a problem that is only getting worse.

“Americans are committed to helping our sisters and brothers who are struggling, but we are seeing the damaging human consequences of our broken welfare state,” he added.

But the rise in food stamp users is not a new dilemma. Last Thanksgiving, a record-breaking 13 percent of Americans spent the holiday season relying on the SNAP program. During the fiscal year 2011, nearly 20 million children – a quarter of all US children – were being fed with food stamps.  And the number of food stamp users has been creeping up every month, as millions of Americans continue to sink into poverty.

All-time records continue to be broken, and news agencies have largely stopped reporting on the rise in food stamps each month.

As unemployment once again dropped last week, reaching 7.7 percent, the rise in SNAP enrollment is another disheartening economic indicator about the state of the US economy.


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