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What is the number of people on Food Stamps?

Posted by SNAP EBT on September 12, 2014 at 4:46 pm

According to this article published last year by the Washington Post, there are 47 million Americans on Food Stamps. Why are there so many people needing government assistance to buy food? Blame the great recession. That took a huge toll on many households. There are some who saw their wages and hours cut. Others lost their jobs and saw their unemployment benefits run out before they could find another job. There are households where both parents are working but are not making enough to be able to cover all their expenses. That’s why there is a big jump in the number of people on SNAP benefits.

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As you can see from the image above, which was taken from the same article, there were about 25 million people on food stamps in 2006 through 2007. The number of people on government benefits regarding food stamps quickly rose as the recession kicked in from 2008 peaking in late 2012 close to 50 million people. That’s almost double what it was before the great recession. Unfortunately, the number has not moved much from the peak because people are still hurting and need the help. Even though the economy is improving, many people are still unemployed or underemployed. There are some who have stopped looking and are in households that are still in need of government assistance.

In addition, record numbers of seniors are now on food stamps, which disturbing because their prospects for getting off public assistance is slim since they are on fixed income. As the video above shows, working people need food assistance the most. That is a change from before when the highest number was children and the elderly. That shows that the perception that slackers are the one on food stamps, and therefore taking advantage of the government is simply not true.

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About EBT Food Stamps

There are close to 50 million Americans on Food Stamps (SNAP Benefits). That means that there are as many people using the EBT Debit Card to make food purchases at grocery stores, local markets, farmers markets, convenience stores, drug stores and more. Our mission is to bring you the most up-to-date information on Food Stamps and anything that may impact the usage of your SNAP benefits debit card (EBT Card), including cuts in budget and the debate in Congress to reduce benefits or make it harder to get them. Email us your questions or visit our "Contact Us" page.

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