Analysis: Illinois posts 26th highest drop in food stamps participants


Illinois ranked No. 26 among 49 states and U.S. territories that saw reductions in food stamps participation, according to the latest numbers compiled by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Illinois had 1,861,915 residents participating in the federal SNAP program in September 2017, compared to 1,757,609 in September 2018, the latest month with available data.

The year-over-year change represented a 5.6 percent drop.

For all the states and territories in the analysis, the number of people taking part in SNAP declined by 9.2 percent over the same year-over-year comparison.

SNAP, which is a unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides nutritional assistance to millions of low-income families and individuals nationwide. The federal government describes SNAP as “the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.”

Data for Rhode Island was not reported to the USDA.

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Which States Recorded the Largest Drops in Food Stamp Recipients?

Rank

State / Territory

September 2017

August 2018 (preliminary)

September 2018 (initial)

% Change September 2018 vs. August 2018

Year-over-Year % Change

1

Texas

5,311,725

3,620,064

3,602,528

-0.50%

-32.20%

2

North Carolina

1,038,992

901,940

843,088

-6.50%

-18.90%

3

Alaska

101,439

86,149

86,034

-0.10%

-15.20%

4

District of Columbia

124,075

107,050

108,377

1.20%

-12.70%

5

Wyoming

30,587

27,391

26,987

-1.50%

-11.80%

6

South Carolina

696,654

629,959

620,912

-1.40%

-10.90%

7

Kentucky

649,065

583,875

579,199

-0.80%

-10.80%

8

Utah

198,502

182,667

180,032

-1.40%

-9.30%

9

Mississippi

528,067

489,938

479,423

-2.10%

-9.20%

10

Tennessee

1,022,588

943,013

930,386

-1.30%

-9.00%

11

South Dakota

91,018

84,361

82,986

-1.60%

-8.80%

12

Florida

3,217,150

2,947,869

2,941,835

-0.20%

-8.60%

13

New Hampshire

89,693

83,466

82,092

-1.60%

-8.50%

14

Idaho

162,292

150,781

149,387

-0.90%

-8.00%

15

Michigan

1,332,382

1,244,328

1,230,552

-1.10%

-7.60%

16

Maine

173,067

161,686

160,087

-1.00%

-7.50%

17

Indiana

649,118

606,211

602,029

-0.70%

-7.30%

18

Iowa

359,201

335,057

333,402

-0.50%

-7.20%

19

Arizona

898,552

838,416

838,485

0.00%

-6.70%

20

New Jersey

788,641

742,303

735,850

-0.90%

-6.70%

21

Connecticut

403,323

377,531

377,649

0.00%

-6.40%

22

Montana

118,297

112,123

110,916

-1.10%

-6.20%

23

Arkansas

385,494

362,440

362,454

0.00%

-6.00%

24

Oregon

652,429

619,273

614,529

-0.80%

-5.80%

25

Washington

902,796

852,952

850,732

-0.30%

-5.80%

26

Illinois

1,861,915

1,765,985

1,757,609

-0.50%

-5.60%

27

Missouri

756,634

719,012

714,356

-0.60%

-5.60%

28

Vermont

74,715

70,874

70,620

-0.40%

-5.50%

29

West Virginia

333,919

316,195

315,408

-0.20%

-5.50%

30

Delaware

144,641

138,586

136,761

-1.30%

-5.40%

31

Georgia

1,588,084

1,529,027

1,504,422

-1.60%

-5.30%

32

Wisconsin

673,098

640,315

637,586

-0.40%

-5.30%

33

Minnesota

445,535

426,388

422,155

-1.00%

-5.20%

34

North Dakota

53,523

51,183

50,733

-0.90%

-5.20%

35

Louisiana

894,313

852,608

848,859

-0.40%

-5.10%

36

Alabama

790,882

756,688

751,235

-0.70%

-5.00%

37

California

4,040,313

3,875,364

3,846,268

-0.80%

-4.80%

38

Maryland

668,216

639,567

637,475

-0.30%

-4.60%

39

Nebraska

173,488

166,981

165,496

-0.90%

-4.60%

40

Virginia

753,721

726,202

719,439

-0.90%

-4.50%

41

New York

2,854,907

2,751,082

2,733,500

-0.60%

-4.30%

42

Ohio

1,449,403

1,401,376

1,395,560

-0.40%

-3.70%

43

Oklahoma

600,783

583,042

581,866

-0.20%

-3.10%

44

Hawaii

166,398

161,692

161,550

-0.10%

-2.90%

45

Pennsylvania

1,841,128

1,801,513

1,796,760

-0.30%

-2.40%

46

New Mexico

463,720

455,481

454,804

-0.10%

-1.90%

47

Nevada

442,981

439,822

437,137

-0.60%

-1.30%

48

Guam

45,117

45,356

44,722

-1.40%

-0.90%

49

Massachusetts

766,805

771,602

765,641

-0.80%

-0.20%

50

Colorado

448,675

455,186

455,773

0.10%

1.60%

51

Kansas

205,870

213,641

212,522

-0.50%

3.20%

52

Virgin Islands

25,406

28,646

28,933

1.00%

13.90%

U.S. Total

42,489,337

38,874,257

38,577,141

-0.80%

-9.20%

Source: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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