Today, there are roughly 44.2 million Americans receiving food stamp benefits, including children. With an average of $125 in benefits being issued to each individual in the program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a critical part of the federal aid available to low income Americans. Over the years, the program has evolved a great deal and as changes continue to be made it’s important for both benefit recipients and the retailers that accept the benefits as payment for...
SNAP Recipients | Know Your SNAP Customers
SNAP recipients come from a variety of backgrounds and situations. While we may think we know who uses SNAP, the reality is SNAP recipients are far more diverse than most people realize, and can include your friends, neighbors, family, coworkers, etc. SNAP users are more varied and a lot closer to home than you think, in fact...
1 in 8 people in the United States are SNAP participants.
- More than 66% are people with families
- Almost 42% are working families
- Almost 36% are elderly or disabled
- 17.3% of households receiving SNAP are single-parent households
SNAP recipients are not only diverse demographically, but geographically as well.
Overall, there are nearly 40M SNAP recipients on average each month, this translates to tens of thousands of SNAP recipients on average each month in every single US state. The top state is California with a monthly average of 4,312,002, with the lowest average monthly participants being 22,520 in Wyoming.
SNAP impacts so many people across the country, in your state, and even in your city/town. If you are ready to take advantage of the SNAP program in your store, you can learn how to join the fight against hunger with goEBT's free step-by-step EBT guide for becoming a SNAP retailer.
Learn more about SNAP users from the U.S. Census Bureau.