One in Five Louisianians Now on Food Stamps

October 13, 2010

State has 3rd highest recipient rate in nation

NEW ORLEANS – The latest data from the United States Department of Agriculture shows that 852,000 Louisiana residents receive food stamps, up by 12.1 percent since July of 2009. Recipients now account for 19.0 percent of the state’s population, well above the current national average of 13.6 percent. Nationwide, there is now a record total of 41.8 million food stamp recipients.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Number of Individuals Participating*

July 2009
July 2010
Percentage Change
Louisiana
760,022
851,744
12.1%
USA
35,602,939
41,836,330
17.5%

Louisiana’s recipient growth over the last year was slightly lower than the national trend, which has been on the rise with the latest recession. Still, only Mississippi and Tennessee have higher participation rates – each with 19.9 percent versus Louisiana’s 19.0 percent. Wyoming’s rate of 6.5 percent is the lowest.

Leading States for Resident Food Stamp Participation

State
Percentage
1
Tennessee
19.9%
2
Mississippi
19.9%
3
Louisiana
19.0%
4
Oregon
19.0%
5
New Mexico
18.8%
6
West Virginia
18.7%
7
Michigan
18.5%
8
Kentucky
18.4%
9
South Carolina
17.9%
10
Maine
17.9%
USA
13.6%

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Fergus Hodgson is the Capitol Bureau Reporter with the Pelican Institute for Public Policy. He can be contacted at fhodgson@pelicaninstitute.org, and one can follow him on twitter.
* Data as of October 4th, 2010.

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