Number of Americans On Food Stamps Hits New High

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- According to the latest U.S. Department of Agricultural report released on March 8, 2013, the number of U.S. participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or also referred to as Food Stamps) has hit another all-time record high of 47,791,996 for the month of December 2012, with an average per person benefit of $133.73 per month. 

Despite the recent economic data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that U.S. unemployment has reached a post-recession low of below 8% for February 2013, over 100,000 new Food Stamp participants were added in just one month from the November 2012 figure of 47,682,072. 

The number of U.S. households on Food Stamps also hit an all-time record high at 23,064,554 in December 2012 which broke the previous record of 23,017,768 households for the month of November 2012.

There were about 32 million Americans on Food Stamps when President Barack Obama took office in January 2009.  


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