The number of Americans who rely on the Food Stamp program is falling, but the number of people using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is climbing, according to data released Friday by the federal government.
While the numbers of Americans receiving food stamps have fallen since the start of the recession in 2008, the number accessing the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) has increased dramatically.
“More people are using SNAP today than they were receiving in the early days of the Great Recession,” said David Kostin, director of the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“So, SNAP is actually a big part of the reason why we have this dramatic increase in SNAP use today.”
A report released by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in August showed that Americans were receiving food aid more frequently, even though the number receiving benefits fell.
Since the recession, the average number of SNAP recipients per month has increased from 3,300 per month in March 2008 to 4,800 per month now.
“In addition, the percentage of people receiving SNAP benefits in the first month of the year has increased,” Kostis said.
“As of December 2015, more than half of all SNAP households were receiving SNAP.”
In addition to food assistance, SNAP also provides financial assistance for other expenses such as rent, child care, and transportation.
The USDA estimated that 1.1 million households in the U to have SNAP benefits as of the end of March, and 1.2 million of those households were using SNAP as of March 31, the USDA reported.
SNAP provides assistance to low-income Americans, but it is often overlooked in discussions of food stamp programs.
It is important to note that SNAP eligibility is determined by the state.
In addition, food stamp recipients are not automatically eligible for cash assistance from the government.
The Supplemental Nutrition Income Program (SBIP), also known as the Supplemental Medical Insurance Program (SMIP), also exists in some states, but not in others.
The federal government does not provide assistance to people receiving food assistance under either of these programs.
In a March interview with PBS, SNAP’s chief operating officer, Dan Stuckey, said that the federal SNAP program has helped more people in the last few years than the federal SMIP program.
In the U-M study, which covered people who had used the Supplemental Food Stamp Program since March 2008, nearly 8 million people used SNAP at least once in the month before their first visit to the emergency room.
In March 2016, the UPMC estimated that about 6.1 billion Americans, or 14 percent of the U:m population, received SNAP benefits.
The number was up from 5.8 billion in March 2015, when about 5.6 billion people, or 10 percent of all Americans, received benefits.
However, it was still far below the 13.5 billion Americans who used SNAP in 2008.
As of March 1, 2017, about 6 million people, about one-third of all people who use SNAP, were using the SNAP program as of that date, according the USDA.
For more about food stamps, see our feature story on how food stamps are changing.