New Yorkers’ participation in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, increased 71.1% between June, 2006, before the recession, and June, 2013. This long term upward trend has finally reversed. Across-the-board benefit cuts that took effect in November, 2013 reduced the average grant per household, and increases in employment made some previous participants ineligible. We provide some figures to help clarify.
1 New York City Independent Budget Office, “Has the Long-Term Increase in Food Stamp Usage Finally Come to an End?”
2 Prakesh N. “Advocates: Drop in food stamps about more than job growth.”
3. Brian Lerher Show, WNYC, “A (bad) New Record High: Homelessness,” October 8, 2014. http://www.wnyc.org/story/bad-new-record-high-homelessness/?utm_source=sharedUrl&utm_medium=metatag&utm_campaign=sharedUrl
4. US Census, American Fact Finder
5. Food Bank for New York City, Veterans Food Drive poster.