Food Stamps FAQ

1. Approximately 47 million Americans are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


2. Funding for the food stamp program increased approximately $45 billion in 2009 as part of the stimulus plan.


3. More than 80 percent of households that use food stamps have monthly incomes below the federal poverty line.


4. More than 20 million children in the United States live in a household that uses food stamps.


5. The program is designed for low-income earners to buy nutritious food; it is not intended for those who are unemployed.


6. Undocumented immigrants are ineligible to receive food stamp or SNAP benefits.


7. The food stamp program has a very low error rate. In 2010, the accuracy rate was 96.19 percent.


8. The SNAP program accounts for just over 2 percent of the total budget of the United States.


9. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that half of all new participants leave the program within nine months.


10. You cannot purchase alcohol or tobacco with food stamps.