In fiscal year 2013, nearly 50 million Americans received food assistance from the USDA through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program each month. That breaks down to about 15 percent of people living in the U.S.
On a state by state basis, the percentage of each state’s population on food assistance varied. Mississippi and Washington, D.C. ranked highest when they tied for 22.5 percent of their population enrolled in the SNAP programs. Wyoming was ranked lowest at just 6.5 percent of the population using SNAP.
The southeast saw the highest percent where between 17 and 22.5 percent of the states’ populations used food assistance.
The amount of Americans using SNAP decreased in 16 states from 2012 to 2013. The amount of SNAP users increased in 34 states and Washington, D.C. in that same timeframe.