WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Wednesday, September 21st. On this date in 1959, Congress acted to help some Americans achieve minimum levels of nutrition, passing a bill which created food stamps for those with low incomes. In 2008, the Food Stamp Program was renamed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Today, there are nearly 46 million Americans in 13.5 percent of all households enrolled in the program, nearly double the number from 2004. The average value of the benefit they receive each month is almost $127, and the total cost of the federal program is just under $70 billion a year. The states with the participation rates at over 19 percent are Oregon and Mississippi. States with the lowest are Wyoming, North Dakota, New Hampshire and Colorado. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
History of food stamp programs/accessed 7/6/2016: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/short-history-snap
Current participation, benefits and program cost/accessed 7/6/2016: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/pd/SNAPsummary.pdf
Households receiving benefits (page 1) and state participation (table 1): http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2015/acs/acsbr13-08.pdf
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau