In 2012, nearly 14 percent of all American households relied on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- the program formerly known as food stamps, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at UNH. The new research is presented in the Carsey Institute brief “SNAP Use Increased Slightly In 2012.”
The key findings are as follows:
- In 2012, 13.6 percent of American households reported receiving SNAP benefits, suggesting that the multi-year trend of rising receipt rates may be slowing. This represents an increase from 13.0 percent in 2011 and 7.7 percent in 2007.
- More than three quarters – 76.7 percent – of families reporting SNAP receipt in 2012 included at least one family member who was working, the same as before the recession.
- Reports of SNAP receipt in 2012 increased among populations at particular risk for food insecurity, including households with children, seniors, householders with a disability, and the poor...