DURHAM, N.H. – In 2012, nearly 14 percent of all American households relied on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- the program formerly known as food stamps, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. The new research is presented in the Carsey Institute brief “SNAP Use Increased Slightly In 2012.”
The key findings are as follows:
“Any cuts to program funding should consider the vulnerable populations that have increasingly relied upon these benefits in a tenuous economy where the social safety net is already frail,” said Jessica Carson, vulnerable families research scientist at the Carsey Institute who conducted the research.
The complete Carsey Institute report about this research is available a thttp://carseyinstitute.unh.edu/publication/924.
This analysis is based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates from the 2007 to 2012 American Community Survey, using information aggregated from detailed tables available on American FactFinder.
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Percent of households reporting SNAP receipt, by place type, 2007-2012
Source: Carsey Institute at UNH
Secondary Contact: Jessica Carson | 603-862-3215 | Carsey Institute at UNH