SNAP/Food Stamp Participation Passes 30 Million Mark in September 2008
Washington, D.C. – December 3, 2008 – SNAP/Food Stamp participation leapt to 31.5 million Americans in September 2008, according to figures released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday.
According to an analysis by the Food Research and Action Center:
Commenting on the September 2008 data, Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, stated: “The strength of SNAP/Food Stamps lies in its ability to respond quickly to meet increased need, whether due to economic downturns or natural disasters. Caseloads will continue to rise as more people grapple with rising unemployment, falling wages, rising food costs, and growing hunger. With this ongoing growth in participation, it is critical that Congress quickly passes a boost in benefits as part of economic recovery legislation, as well as more administrative funds to help states cope with growing caseloads.”
Previously, participation in SNAP/Food Stamps reached a record high in November 2005, serving 29.85 million people in the wake of three hurricanes.
For ongoing analysis of the latest SNAP/Food Stamp participation numbers, including state-by-state trends, please visit www.frac.org.
* SNAP is the acronym for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the new federal name of the Food Stamp Program.
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