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Food assistance in America

Over the past decade, enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) more than doubled, from under 19 million per month in 2001 to over 46 million currently. In recent years these increases have occurred in tandem with an unprecedented rise in the rate of food insecurity.1 The food insecurity rate jumped from 11.1 percent in 2007 to 14.6 percent in 2008, with the start of the Great Recession, and has remained at or near 14.6 percent since then.

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Food & Nutrition, Food Assistance, Food Insecurity

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