Analysis: Residents receiving food stamps down 6.6% from last year
The USDA manages the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is the official name of the food stamp program. Public assistance offices within each state handle the actual running of the SNAP program locally.
Benefit eligibility is based on household income, and a USDA estimate of how much it costs to buy and prepare low-cost healthy meals.
The latest available data from the USDA shows that 36,301,473 people across the United States were receiving SNAP benefits in March 2019, or 7.1 percent less than last year at the same time.