Food Stamp Usage Soars

371,281 households received food stamps in NJ
1,101,570 of our state’s residents are at-risk for hunger

Food Stamp Usage SoarsOn Monday, 22, 2011 Yahoo.com posted an article, “USA becomes Food Stamp Nation but is it sustainable?” , that featured stories of America’s working poor who qualify for and are receiving assistance through the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) which is the former food stamp program.

40% of food stamp participants are part of households where at least one member is currently working.

46 million people in the United States, about 15% of the population, rely on food stamps. This represents a 74% increase since 2007, just before the deep recession that led to massive unemployment.

According to the Rutgers New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Session, in May 2011, 751,446 New Jersey residents living in 371,281 households received food stamps.

As of 2010, the emergency feeding network estimates that 1,101,570 of our state’s residents are at-risk for hunger.

The cost of the SNAP program was $68 billion in 2010 and unfortunately, it has become a target as a way means to control the federal deficit.

Click here to read stories of food stamp recipients and learn more about the debate about the program in Washington.

Click here to read our recent post on hunger in NJ.