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Percent of Children Receiving SNAP (Food Stamps)

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Overview

The intended purpose of the Food Stamp program is to supplement food budgets to ensure that nutritionally adequate foods are available for low-income children. When families have access to such foods, the benefits to children include improved physical health and academic performance. Following reforms made to the federal welfare program in 1996, caseloads for food stamp receipt dropped dramatically, but have steadily increased since 2000, from 12 percent of the child population to 16 percent in 2004. Ninety percent of all children living in poverty received food stamps in 2004, up from 80 percent two years earlier.

Percent of Children Receiving SNAP (Food Stamps)

The Top 10 results for 2009 (ranked by % Receiving Food Stamps)

Zip Code% Receiving Food StampsChildren Receiving Food StampsPop Under 18Year
63103113.45404762009
63140106.91701592009
6220594.4225223852009
6220786.5268831082009
6310685.8339639592009
6220382.8195623632009
6220682.5436852942009
6313380.9189023352009
6220479.2274934712009
6206075115615412009

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DATA NOTES
Calculation: (Number of Food Stamp recipients under age 18/Total estimated 2006 population under age 18) x 100.

COMPARATIVE NORM:
U.S: 16.1%
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Indicators of Welfare Dependence:
Annual Report to Congress, 2006
(2004)
Calculations made by Vision for Children at Risk.
† Denotes ZIP codes with a child population less than 300.
* Data Not Available.

ZIP codes with a child population of less than 300. Calculations for ZIP codes with low populations are especially subject to an otherwise acceptable margin of error in the population estimate. Please interpret data accordingly and refer to source data and raw data numbers when necessary.