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Number of participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in United States

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Definition and Source



Number of individuals who participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  

Persons are eligible for participation in SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program) if they meet certain resource and income tests. Not everyone who is eligible for food stamps elects to take them. More detailed information about eligibility is here:

Data Source

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. 2000-2016 SNAP State Activity Reports and 2017-2021 State Level Participation Tables:


The United States number of participants is not comparable to prior years starting in FY 2017. Due to missing data, Rhode Island is excluded as of FY 2017 and North Carolina is excluded as of FY 2018. Questions regarding RI's reporting should be directed to: RI Dept. of Human Services 1-800-745-6575. Questions regarding NC's reporting should be directed to: NC Dept. of Health & Human Services 1-800-662-7030 or 919-855-4800.

Last Updated

April 2023