How Much Does the United States Spend on Food Stamps? Interesting Food Stamp (SNAP) Statistics

How much money does the U.S. spend of food stamps (aka SNAP), and how many people are receiving SNAP? Here are the 2017 numbers…

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The breakdown:

The food stamp program served 42.2 million people and 20.9 million households on average during the 2017 fiscal year. The average household benefit was $254.14, thus 81 percent of homes receiving aid would be included in the initiative, according to the USDA. SNAP assistance cost $68.1 billion in 2017, with $63.7 billion given out as benefits.

The $254.14 number is a per-month number, so $3,050 per year per household. The $68.1 billion vs. $63.7 billion number accounts for overhead and administrative costs. Therefore, $4.4. billion is spent on overhead, or 7%.

There are something like 330 million people in the United States, so 12.7% of the people in the United States are on Food Stamps.

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