Food stamp use in America continues to climb, and the numbers are staggering for children. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 16 million children were on food stamps in 2014, compared with 9 million children in 2007.
That’s one in five children, or 26%, who used food stamp assistance last year.
The Associated Press reports:
Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation’s economy tumbled in 2008.
The number of people receiving food stamps — now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP — spiked through the recession and has stayed at a higher level since. In the 2007 Census survey, 9 million children received SNAP assistance.
Half of the children receiving food stamps in the Census survey — 8 million — were living only with their mothers. Around 5 million children receiving food stamps [less than a third] lived with married parents.
It is estimated that in 2014, 46.5 million people received food stamps, compared to approximately 26 million in 2007.
Cross-posted at DeneenBorelli.com