Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Are Food Stamps Higher than Mid-1990 Levels?
39 Million Americans are now living on food stamps. One viewer told me that the current level wasn't much greater than the levels in the 1990s when you adjust the ratio to population.
So let's do that.
There are currently 308 million Americans in the United States and 39 million are on food stamps.
So to calculate the percentage of Americans on food stamps, we'll have to divide 39 by 308.
39 million /308 million = 12.6% of the current population
Food stamp program participation peaked in the 1990s at 28 million. It peaked in 1994 and 1995 when the population was around 263 million.
28 million/263 million = 10.6% of the 1995 population
So if 10.6% of the population lived on food stamps in 1995 and 12.6% are living on food stamps in 2010, we have see an increase of more than 18% since 1995.
Final Answer: We have a significantly greater participation now than what we had in the 1990s.
Here's a 1992 article that states that 1 out 10 Americans were on food stamps.