Food Stamp Participation Soars

According to the latest figures from the USDA, the number of households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — formerly called Food Stamps — grew by an average of nearly 20% across the US between March 2008 and March 2009. The following table, available at the USDA’s website (http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/30SNAPcurrHH.htm), shows the state-by-state percentage jump in food stamp households during this period.

Utah 37.10%
Nevada 35.60%
Idaho 33.10%
Florida 31.80%
Arizona 29.90%
Wisconsin 29.80%
Vermont 29.40%
Georgia 28.20%
Washington 27.50%
Massachusetts 26.10%
Colorado 26.00%
Maryland 25.90%
Virgin Islands 24.80%
Oregon 24.30%
New Mexico 23.10%
California 22.70%
Delaware 22.70%
Tennessee 21.50%
North Carolina 21.20%
New Hampshire 20.70%
Texas 20.40%
Rhode Island 19.60%
Alabama 19.20%
Virginia 18.70%
District of Columbia 18.40%
Ohio 18.20%
South Carolina 18.10%
New York 17.50%
Hawaii 17.10%
Iowa 15.60%
Michigan 15.10%
Minnesota 14.90%
New Jersey 14.80%
Kansas 14.50%
Missouri 14.20%
Maine 14.00%
Guam 13.70%
Connecticut 13.60%
Illinois 13.50%
Mississippi 13.40%
Wyoming 13.40%
South Dakota 12.60%
Indiana 12.40%
Pennsylvania 12.30%
Montana 12.20%
Alaska 11.30%
Kentucky 11.10%
West Virginia 10.50%
Oklahoma 9.60%
Arkansas 9.40%
North Dakota 7.80%
Louisiana 7.30%
Nebraska 6.30%
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