Food Stamp Nation: U.S. spent $75.7 Billion on Food Stamps in 2011

Food Stamp infographic
This graphic shows how much the U.S. spent on food stamps in 2011. Each truck in front of this Walmart Super Center is loaded with $2 billion.

United States spent $75,706,080,000 dollars on Food Stamps in 2011.

America has over 44 million people on Food Stamps, or 14,588 participants for each Walmart Super Center. The food stamps program’s real name is Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

With one of the lowest percentages of SNAP participation by population (8.60%) in the country, New Hampshire is ranked number 49. With a population of 1,328,188, Maine had 247,943 people on food stamps in 2011 (18.67%), ranking it at number 20 nationally.

New Hampshire has a similar population as Maine, totaling 1,318,194, but in 2011 had 134,536 fewer people on food stamps (113,407).

The Food Stamp program is “hidden” from view through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Cards that work just as credit cards.

47% of Food Stamp participants are children.

78.6% of all SNAP participants are in metropolitan areas.
93.2% of all SNAP benefits go to US citizens.
Only 4% are self-employed.

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