Food Stamp Benefits by State

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”), previously known as food stamps, is a safety net program that provides assistance to low and no-income people to purchase food. SNAP is administered by  the United States Department of Agriculture under the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), although benefits are distributed by specific departments of the U.S. states. 

In 1964 the Food Stamp Act was passed and appropriated $75 million to 350,000 individuals in 40 counties and three cities. The Act intended to strengthen the agricultural economy and improve the levels of nutrition amongst low income households. This was a part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty”.

As of August 2021, approximately 42 million people received SNAP benefits. The amount of money one receives through SNAP depends on the size, income, and expenses of the household.

Learn for yourself how food stamp benefits differ by state by looking at the data in the charts.

SNAP Households by State

Alabama - SNAP Households

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354,000

#18 in the US

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6,268

#29 in the US

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No

Alaska - SNAP Households

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39,000

#49 in the US

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1,775

#45 in the US

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No

Arizona - SNAP Households

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377,000

#15 in the US

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6,985

#25 in the US

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No

Arkansas - SNAP Households

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161,000

#34 in the US

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1,691

#46 in the US

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No

California - SNAP Households

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1,911,000

#1 in the US

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237,614

#1 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

Colorado - SNAP Households

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219,000

#29 in the US

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11,622

#17 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

Connecticut - SNAP Households

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219,000

#30 in the US

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5,713

#32 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

Delaware - SNAP Households

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67,000

#44 in the US

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2,655

#40 in the US

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No

District of Columbia - SNAP Households

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68,000

#43 in the US

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6,354

#28 in the US

Florida - SNAP Households

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1,632,000

#2 in the US

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38,115

#4 in the US

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No

Georgia - SNAP Households

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699,000

#7 in the US

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7,656

#22 in the US

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No

Hawaii - SNAP Households

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82,000

#39 in the US

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6,587

#27 in the US

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No

Idaho - SNAP Households

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69,000

#42 in the US

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1,677

#49 in the US

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No

Illinois - SNAP Households

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904,000

#6 in the US

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10,538

#19 in the US

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No

Indiana - SNAP Households

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270,000

#25 in the US

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7,636

#23 in the US

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No

Iowa - SNAP Households

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161,000

#35 in the US

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6,215

#30 in the US

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No

Kansas - SNAP Households

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99,000

#36 in the US

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3,146

#38 in the US

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Yes

Kentucky - SNAP Households

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279,000

#24 in the US

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13,136

#16 in the US

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No

Louisiana - SNAP Households

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401,000

#14 in the US

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3,358

#36 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

Maine - SNAP Households

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85,000

#38 in the US

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3,281

#37 in the US

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No

Maryland - SNAP Households

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341,000

#20 in the US

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22,063

#8 in the US

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No

Massachusetts - SNAP Households

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447,000

#13 in the US

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25,272

#7 in the US

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No

Michigan - SNAP Households

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672,000

#9 in the US

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9,372

#20 in the US

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

Minnesota - SNAP Households

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208,000

#32 in the US

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19,250

#9 in the US

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Yes

Mississippi - SNAP Households

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230,000

#27 in the US

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1,681

#48 in the US

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No

Missouri - SNAP Households

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331,000

#21 in the US

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6,806

#26 in the US

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No

Montana - SNAP Households

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55,000

#45 in the US

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2,178

#44 in the US

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Yes

Nebraska - SNAP Households

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75,000

#41 in the US

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3,451

#35 in the US

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Yes

Nevada - SNAP Households

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226,000

#28 in the US

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5,719

#31 in the US

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No

New Hampshire - SNAP Households

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43,000

#46 in the US

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2,990

#39 in the US

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No

New Jersey - SNAP Households

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376,000

#16 in the US

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8,923

#21 in the US

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No

New Mexico - SNAP Households

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214,000

#31 in the US

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11,574

#18 in the US

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Yes

New York - SNAP Households

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1,520,000

#4 in the US

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75,121

#2 in the US

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No

North Carolina - SNAP Households

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634,000

#10 in the US

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13,571

#15 in the US

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No

North Dakota - SNAP Households

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24,000

#50 in the US

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1,055

#50 in the US

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Yes

Ohio - SNAP Households

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698,000

#8 in the US

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48,056

#3 in the US

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No

Oklahoma - SNAP Households

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260,000

#26 in the US

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4,964

#34 in the US

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No

Oregon - SNAP Households

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358,000

#17 in the US

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14,390

#13 in the US

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No

Pennsylvania - SNAP Households

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946,000

#5 in the US

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27,157

#6 in the US

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No

Rhode Island - SNAP Households

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92,000

#37 in the US

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2,305

#43 in the US

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Yes

South Carolina - SNAP Households

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301,000

#23 in the US

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7,305

#24 in the US

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No

South Dakota - SNAP Households

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40,000

#48 in the US

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2,559

#41 in the US

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No

Tennessee - SNAP Households

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463,000

#12 in the US

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14,272

#14 in the US

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No

Texas - SNAP Households

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1,595,000

#3 in the US

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18,181

#10 in the US

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No

Utah - SNAP Households

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76,000

#40 in the US

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2,374

#42 in the US

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Yes

Vermont - SNAP Households

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41,000

#47 in the US

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1,688

#47 in the US

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Yes

Virginia - SNAP Households

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342,000

#19 in the US

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15,680

#11 in the US

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No

Washington - SNAP Households

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495,000

#11 in the US

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28,150

#5 in the US

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No

West Virginia - SNAP Households

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163,000

#33 in the US

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5,628

#33 in the US

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Yes

Wisconsin - SNAP Households

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323,000

#22 in the US

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14,991

#12 in the US

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No

Wyoming - SNAP Households

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13,000

#51 in the US

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478

#51 in the US

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No