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Trends in Food Stamp program participation rates: Focus on September 1997

Individual Author: 
Castner, Laura
Cody, Scott

The Food Stamp Program (FSP) helps needy families purchase food so that they can maintain a nutritious diet. Families are eligible for the program if their financial resources fall below certain income and asset thresholds. However, not all eligible families participate in the program.

Some choose not to, while others do not know they are eligible. The participation rate—the ratio of the number of participants to the number of eligibles—reveals the degree to which eligible families participate.

Trends in Food Stamp program participation rates: Focus on August 1995

Individual Author: 
Cody, Scott
Trippe, Carole

This report presents the latest trends in Food Stamp Program (FSP) participation rates. It adds one more year of information, 1995, to the series of reports on FSP participation rates based on March Current Population Survey (CPS) data for eligibles and FSP administrative data for participants. Participation rates are calculated as the percentage of the total eligible population that participate in the FSP. Although the report focuses on changes in rates from 1988 to 1995, it also examines longer-term trends beginning with 1976.

Food Stamp program participation rates: January 1994

Individual Author: 
Stavrianos, Michael

This report, part of the Food and Consumer Service’s series "Current Perspectives on Food Stamp Program Participation," presents the latest participation rates for the Food Stamp Program (FSP). The participation rate -- the proportion of those eligible for food stamps who actually apply for and receive benefits -- is a valuable policy tool that shows whether the program is reaching the intended population and which groups of the eligible population participate at higher or lower rates than other groups.

Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program households: Fiscal year 2010

Individual Author: 
Eslami, Esa
Filion, Kai
Strayer, Mark

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides millions of Americans with the means to purchase food for a nutritious diet. SNAP is the largest of the 15 domestic food and nutrition assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). This report describes the characteristics of SNAP households and participants nationwide in fiscal year 2010 (October 2009 through September 2010). It also presents an overview of SNAP eligibility requirements and benefit levels in fiscal year 2010.

Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program households: Fiscal year 2009

Individual Author: 
Leftin, Joshua
Gothro, Andrew
Eslami, Esa

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides millions of Americans with the means to purchase food for a nutritious diet. SNAP is the largest of the 15 domestic food and nutrition assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). This report describes the characteristics of SNAP households and participants nationwide in fiscal year 2009.

Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program households: Fiscal year 2008

Individual Author: 
Wolkwitz, Kari
Trippe, Carole

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides millions of Americans with the means to purchase food for a nutritious diet. SNAP is the largest of the 15 domestic food and nutrition assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). This report presents an overview of SNAP eligibility requirements and benefit levels, as well as the characteristics of SNAP households and participants nationwide, in fiscal year 2008 (October 2007 to September 2008).

Characteristics of food stamp households: Fiscal year 2007

Individual Author: 
Wolkwitz, Kari
Leftin, Joshua

The Food Stamp Program (FSP) provides millions of Americans with the means to purchase food for a nutritious diet.1 The FSP is the largest of the 15 domestic food and nutrition assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). This report presents an overview of the FSP eligibility requirements and benefit levels, as well as the characteristics of FSP households and participants nationwide, in fiscal year 2007 (October 2006 to September 2007).

Characteristics of food stamp households: Fiscal year 2006

Individual Author: 
Wolkwitz, Kari

The Food Stamp Program (FSP) provides millions of Americans with the means to purchase food for a nutritious diet. The FSP is the largest of the 15 domestic food and nutrition assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). This report presents an overview of the FSP eligibility requirements and benefit levels, as well as the characteristics of food stamp households and participants nationwide, in fiscal year 2006 (October 2005 to September 2006).

Characteristics of food stamp households: Fiscal year 2005

Individual Author: 
Barrett, Allison

The Food Stamp Program (FSP) provides millions of Americans with the means to purchase food for a nutritious diet. The FSP is the largest of the 15 domestic food and nutrition assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). This report presents an overview of the FSP eligibility requirements and benefit levels, as well as the characteristics of food stamp households and participants nationwide, in fiscal year 2005 (October 2004 to September 2005).

Characteristics of food stamp households: Fiscal year 2004

Individual Author: 
Polkolainen, Anni

The Food Stamp Program (FSP) provides millions of Americans with the means to purchase food for a nutritious diet. The FSP is the largest of the 15 domestic food and nutrition assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). This report presents the characteristics of food stamp households nationwide in fiscal year 2004 (October 2003 to September 2004). This information on household characteristics comes from FSP household data collected by FNS for quality control purposes. (author abstract)